Orlando City SC’s Kaka tops MLS salary for 2017

Brazilian and Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer this year, according to information released by the MLS Players Union.

KaKa is set to earn a base salary of $6.66 million with a guaranteed compensation of $7.16 million.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco is the second highest paid, earning a base of $5.6 million and guaranteed of $7.12 million.

Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley ($6.5 million), New York City FC’s Andrea Pirlo ($5.9 million) and David Villa ($5.6 million) round out the top five

The Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos is sixth with a guaranteed compensation of $5.5 million.

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  • Benjamin Hayes

    I made a spreadsheet a number of years ago when they started releasing these numbers. I threw 2017 in and now have statistics on the past ten years for the league. The Median salary is up $135,000. Up 13% from 2016 and has averaged 9% over the past ten years. The total league salary has now exceeded $200 million and has averaged 14% growth over 10 years. The league minimum salary ($53,000) now exceeds the league median salary from 2007 ($50,000). They still are not paying what other top professional leagues are paying, but they are showing consistent healthy growth.