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Mexican MLS players wanted by Liga MX teams

High salaries in MLS make it difficult for Mexican clubs to sign players such as Rodolfo Pizarro and Jonathan Dos Santos

Liga MX teams want to repatriate Mexican players that play in the MLS
Liga MX teams want to repatriate Mexican players that play in the MLS

Three Mexican players are in the eyes of Liga MX clubs. Jonathan Dos Santos, former Los Angeles Galaxy side is wanted by Tigres and America. Rodolfo Pizarro, Inter Miami player, has been in touch with Chivas of Guadalajara and Rayados of Monterrey and Jürgen Damm, Atlanta United player is also on the agenda of a Mexican side that has not been revealed yet. 

Salary Issue

However, the main problem that comes up when a Liga MX side wants to bring back a player is the salary. Normally, Mexican players arrive at the MLS as stars, so the salary they earn is high. Even financially strong teams like America, Tigres, or Monterrey find it difficult to match the salaries they earn in the MLS. Therefore, bringing back a player is complicated.

Mexican clubs will have to pay at least US$1.5 million in salaries for players who play in the MLS. Rodolfo Pizarro and Jonathan Dos Santos have one of the highest contracts in Inter Miami and LA Galaxy, although the brother of Giovani Dos Santos is already a free player, as he did not renew his contract with the Californian side.

According to the MLS Players Association Salary Guide, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernández are the highest-paid players in the United States, with monthly incomes of $6.3 million and $6 million, respectively.

Rodolfo Pizarro´s contract

In the case of Rodolfo Pizarro, interest from Chivas and Rayados has been rekindled, but the striker has the second-best contract in Miami, and the eighth-best in all of U.S. soccer, with a guaranteed compensation of $3.35 million per year.

Jonathan Dos Santos LA Galaxy earnings

América entered the bidding to sign Jonathan, the Mexican midfielder who until last season had an income of two million dollars with the LA Galaxy.

However, salary will be an issue to be addressed, as Jonathan Dos Santos, who will turn 32 next April, has a salary above what America would be willing to pay for the midfielder, brother of Giovani dos Santos.

Mexican players at least earn one million USD per year

In the list of the highest-paid soccer players in MLS, 14 of the first 38 have had experience in Mexican soccer or are Mexican. Players such as Jürgen Damm, who América wanted to include in the negotiation of Renato Ibarra's departure, has an income of 1.5 million dollars.

Raúl Ruidiaz, who early in the transfer window was rumored to join Cruz Azul, has a contract worth US$2.1 million.

Similar examples are Alan Pulido, Edison Flores, Franco Jara, among others, who left Liga MX for a contract worth more than one million dollars a year, a situation that makes it difficult for them to return to Mexican soccer.

Hugo Alberto Walls Gómez

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