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The MLS player salaries have been revealed and Robbie Keane has dropped out of the top 10

But the veteran Irish striker, who turns 36 in July, is still not doing too badly.

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ROBBIE KEANE HAS dropped out of the top 10 of Major League Soccer’s highest earners but will still take home a cool $3.5 million this year.

It is a substantial drop for the veteran LA Galaxy striker, though.

In 2015, he raked in $4.5 million.

Still, it’s not half-bad for someone who turns 36 in July.

From the Galaxy’s three Designated Players (DP) – the high-profile members of a squad who fall outside the league’s salary cap – Keane will earn the least this year.

Steven Gerrard will net a guaranteed $6.1m while Mexican attacker Gio dos Santos will get $4.2m.

Kaka remains the highest earner in the league, getting $7.16 m this season with Toronto’s Italian international Sebastian Giovinco – who was voted as the league’s best player last season – getting $7.11m.

To put it in context, those two players earn more in a season than the entire squad of fourteen MLS clubs.

Toronto FC spend the most on salaries – $21.7m – ahead of New York City FC ($21.1m) and LA Galaxy ($18.1m).

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Meanwhile, Kevin Doyle will earn $1.1m playing as a DP for the Colorado Rapids this year. His team-mate Sean St. Ledger will make $194,000.

MLS top salaries: 2016

Kaka (Orlando City SC) – $7.16m
Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) – $7.11m
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – $6.5m
Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) – $6.1m
Frank Lampard (New York City FC) – $6m
Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC): $5.9m
David Villa (New York City FC) – $5.6m
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) – $4.75m
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) – $4.6m
Gio dos Santos (LA Galaxy) – $4.2m

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