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MLS player salaries: The league has a new highest-paid player

Sebastian Giovinco is now the highest-paid player in MLS, according to the most recent list of player salaries released by the MLS Players Union. (Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Update: MLS player salaries as of Sept. 15, 2018 can be found here.

Major League Soccer has a new highest-paid player: Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco. 

He makes a base salary of $6.5 million and total compensation of $7,115,555.67, according to the latest numbers released Thursday by the MLS Players Association. Those numbers are slightly lower than what former Orlando City star Kaká made — $6.6 million base salary and $7.176 million total — before he retired at the end of last season. 

Last year, Giovinco’s base salary was lower at $5.6 million, but his total compensation was the same.

Toronto FC, known as a big spender for talent, also boasts the second-highest salary in the league with Michael Bradley’s  $6 million base salary and $6.5 million total compensation. Only three other MLS players make $6 million or more: LAFC’s Carlos Vela ($6,292,500 total), Chicago’s Bastian Schweinsteiger ($6.1 million) and the LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos ($6 million). 

In total, Major League Soccer has 46 millionaires, 47 counting DC United’s Zoltan Stieber, who comes in at $999,999.96 in total compensation.

Take a look at all MLS player salaries in the sortable table below:




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