The 2021 season of Major League Soccer is underway. Match by match, teams go all out in search of winning the competition. And to achieve all the glory, the franchises spend a significant sum of money hiring top international players. In that sense, this Thursday the payroll of the players' salaries was released.
Mexican forward Carlos Vela is the highest paid player in MLS this season, with a total compensation of $ 6.3 million, including $ 4.5 million in salary, with Los Angeles FC. His compatriot Javier Chicharito Hernández, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy, is second with $ 6 million, all in salary, according to figures released Thursday by the Major League Soccer players' union.
Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuaín (Inter Miami) is third, with a compensation of $ 5,793,750, including a base salary of 5.1 million, followed by Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC), with a compensation of 4,693,000, including $ 3.8 million in salary.
Top-paid players in MLS
These are the highest paid footballers of the MLS 2021 season, according to information revealed by the Players Association:
- Carlos Vela (LAFC): $ 6.3 million
- Javier Hernández (LA Galaxy): $ 6 million
- Gonzalo Higuaín (Inter Miami): $ 5.7 million
- Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC): $ 4.6 million
- Josef Martínez (Atlanta United): $ 3.8 million
- Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC): $ 3.6 million
- Rodolfo Pizarro (Inter Miami): $ 3.3 million
- Maxi Moralez (NYCFC): $ 3.2 million
- Victor Wanyama (CF Montreal): $ 3 million
- Franco Jara (FC Dallas): $ 2.9 million
For its part, in the list that is published year by year, the MLSPA revealed that the average salary of non-designated players increased for the fifth consecutive year and is currently $ 398,725, far exceeding the $ 191,505 that is paid as base salary in 2016.
Inter Miami is the team that spends the most
David Beckham's team is the one that invests the most money in terms of salaries, since their salary expenditure this year is $ 17.8 million to cover the salaries of players such as Gonzalo Higuaín, Blaise Matuidi, Rodolfo Pizarro, among others. Toronto FC follows with $ 17 million, LA Galaxy with $ 16.8 and Atlanta United with $ 16.2.