Players in the European Leagues earn so much money from multi-million wages from their club sides. With millions from T.V. rights fees and mind-boggling prize money for winning competitions, the biggest teams in Europe pay top-dollar to their stars.
However, football clubs in the MLS often pay much lesser than most European clubs due to the low global penetration of the league's coverage and the quality of players on display in the MLS. The regimented payment schemes and categorisation in the MLS also ensure that club sides do not pay exorbitant fees to players.
In La Liga side, FC Barcelona, French forward Antoine Griezmann is currently the highest-paid player at the club following the departure of Lionel Messi. The former Atletico Madrid player takes home an estimated £594000 per week. This translates to £30.88m every year, approximately $40m annually. This mind-boggling fee is the standard in Europe with players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mbappe earning more than €35m a year.
By contrast, the club with the highest wage bill in the MLS is David Beckham's Inter Miami which forks out $17.80m in annual salaries. The 2nd-highest in terms of player salaries is Toronto FC, which pays Alejandro Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore and their other teammates $17.01m annually. This means that only Antoine Griezmann's annual salary at Barcelona would pay the whole squad salaries at the 2 highest-paying clubs in the MLS.