Giovinco tops MLS salaries at $7.1M; Ibrahimovic at $1.5M
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco has taken over as Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player, and new LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns a relatively modest $1.5 million.
Giovinco, the Italian forward who joined Toronto in 2015, has a $5.6 million salary and $7,115,556 in total compensation, according to figures released Thursday by the MLS Players Association. That is the same as his totals last year, when Orlando’s Kaka topped the league with a $6.6 million base salary and total earnings of $7,167,500, including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year. Kaka retired at the end of last season.
Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley is second this year ($6 million salary, $6.5 million total compensation), followed by Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela ($4.5 million, $6,292,500), Chicago midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ($6.1 million), LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos ($4.25 million, $6 million), New York City forward David Villa ($5.61 million) and Toronto forward Jozy Altidore ($5 million).
Montreal midfielder Ignacio Piatti was next ($500,000, $4,713,444), followed by Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard ($2 million, $2,475,000), Portland midfielder Diego Valeri ($2.32 million, $2.38 million), Seattle midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro ($1.8 million, $2,302,500), Atlanta midfielder Miguel Almiron ($1,912,500, $2,297,000), forward Yura Movsisyan (on loan from Salt Lake to Sweden’s Djurgardens; $1.85 million, $2,073,750), LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos ($2 million) and New York City midfielder Maxi Moralez ($2 million).
Forty-six players have total compensation of $1 million or more, an increase from 28 in the initial list last year and from 23 in the first 2016 list.