Former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins makes the list of highest paid Major Soccer League’s (MLS) stars which is topped by his Seattle Sounders strike partner, Clint Dempsey.
Dempsey, who also players for the US national team, is the highest-paid player at $6,695,000 in guaranteed compensation this season, while Martins earns $1,753,000.
Toronto FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy each have three of the 12 players making seven-figure salaries, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.
The numbers include the player’s base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years, but not performance bonuses.
Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy is guaranteed $4,583,000, just ahead of teammate Robbie Keane’s $4.5 million. Omar Gonzalez is paid $1.25 million.
Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley is the second highest paid MLS player, at $6.5 million, followed by teammate Jermain Defoe at $6.18 million and striker Gilberto at $1.2 million, reports CNN.
Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls is set to make $4.35 million, while Tim Cahill of New York Red Bulls is due $3,625,000. Rounding out the other 12 are Montreal’s Marco DiVaio ($2.6 million) and Vancouver’s Pedro Morales ($1,41,900).
All 12 are designated players, meaning that only $387,500 of their pay counts against their clubs’ $3.1-million salary caps.