Wayne Rooney revealed as only the ninth-highest earner in the MLS while Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t even make the top 20 in latest salary statistics
- Wayne Rooney is only the ninth-highest earner in the MLS, new figures show
- The 33-year-old has scored 12 goals in 19 games since his arrival in June
- Ex-Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto is the league’s best paid player
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic is way down the list after signing for LA Galaxy in March
Wayne Rooney may be making a splash with DC United in the MLS but the former Manchester United and Everton star is only the ninth-highest earner in the entire division.
The 33-year-old has scored 12 goals in 19 games since his arrival to help turn Ben Olsen’s side from bottom place in the Eastern Conference to MLS Cup Play-off contenders.
However, updated salary information released by the MLS Players Association on Tuesday shows England’s record all-time goalscorer is way down the rankings when it comes to his financial rewards.
Wayne Rooney is only the ninth-highest earner in the MLS with his total earnings at £2.15m
In the report all player salaries are broken down into two figures. The first is their base salary while the second is shown as annual average guaranteed compensation figure.
This includes a player’s base salary as well as all the signing and guaranteed bonuses the player is expected to receive divided by the length of their contract, including optional extension years.
The previous version of the salary guide, which was released in May, revealed there were 46 players in the league making at least $1 million (£774,000). The latest batch of salary figures show this figure has risen to 53.
The data reveals Rooney earns a base salary of $2.76m (£2.1m). It seems he has very few bonuses on his contract though with the total figure coming out at $2.77m (£2.15m).
That is significantly lower than the lucrative agreement penned by former Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco at Toronto FC. The pint-sized forward earns a staggering base salary of $5.6m (£4.3m) which, when you add his extra avenues of income, brings his total financial package to $7.1m (£5.5m).
Former Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC is the division’s highest-paid player
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could only negotiate a base salary of £1.16m when he joined LA Galaxy
It may also come as a surprise that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is way down the list. The imposing Swedish forward signed for LA Galaxy in March but could only negotiate a base salary of $1.5m (£1.16), the same as his total compensation figure.
Toronto appear to be willing to splash the cash with Giovinco’s team-mate Michael Bradley the second-highest earner.
The former Aston Villa and Roma midfielder returned to North America in 2014 and signed a $6m (£4.6m) base salary agreement with the Canadian team. When added to his bonuses, Bradley earns $6.5m (£5m) in his current contract.
Household names such as Carlos Vela (£4.8m), Bastian Schweinsteiger (£4.7m), Giovani dos Santos (£4.6m) and David Villa (£4.3m) are all on highly lucrative total compensation packages at their respective teams.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole is further down the list. He moved to LA Galaxy in 2016 and signed a deal with a base salary of $450,000 (£348,000) with an overall compensation figure of $722,000 (£559,000).
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