Kaka highest paid MLS player, Lampard also in top 10

Thu May 19, 2016 9:28pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Brazilian veteran Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer, with a 2016 guaranteed salary of $7.167 million, according to figures released by the Players' Union on Thursday.

Orlando City's Kaka tops the list for the second successive year. Toronto's Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco is the second highest paid player on $7.115 million.

Major League Soccer has a salary cap of $3.66 million for each of the 20 teams in the league but are allowed three "designated players" who do not count towards the cap and can be paid whatever the club can afford.

Salaries in the league can be wildly lopsided, with many players earning the minimum of $62,500. The maximum salary for any one player is $457,500, according to the MLS website.

American national team captain Michael Bradley is the highest paid local player at third on the list with a $6.5 million salary from Toronto, followed by former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Former Chelsea player Lampard is paid $6.0 million by New York City FC though he has not played this season due to a calf injury.

Also in the top 10 is Toronto's American striker Jozy Altidore, the former Sunderland player who has not scored a goal this season.

TOP 10 SALARIES   Continued...

 
Apr 17, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka (10) kicks the ball as New England Revolution defender London Woodberry (28) defends during the second half at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports