Not Drogba: See who are the top 10 best paid footballers in the US


The MLS Players Union has revealed the salary details of every player in the league.

A number of high profile stars made the move across the Atlantic this summer, including Didier Drogba and Andrea Pirlo. But neither feature among its highest paid stars.

Pirlo picks up a (relatively) modest yearly salary of $2million (£1.3m) while Chelsea legend Drogba, who plays for Montreal Impact, takes home $1.6m (£1.04m) a year.

But not all foreign exports are on such generous wages. Former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is paid ‘just’ $116,000-a-year, which works out at about £75,000.

His brother Bradley, who also plays for New York Red Bulls, earns $600,000 (£390,000)

But which players made the top 10?

Didier Drogba is not among the top 10 highest paid footballers in the US

10. Jermaine Jones

Club – New England Revolution

Annual wage – $2.8m (£1.82m)

GettyUS midfielder Jermaine Jones celebrates after scoring
USA international Jermaine Jones plays for New England Revolution

9. Clint Dempsey

Club – Seattle Sounders

Annual wage – $3.9 (£2.54m)

Former Spurs and Fulham man Clint Dempsey is now at Seattle Sounders

8. Giovani Dos Santos

Club – LA Galaxy

Annual wage – $4m (£2.6m)

Kevork Djansezian
Ex-Barcelona youth player Gio Dos Santos now plays alongside Steven Gerrard

7. Robbie Keane

Club – LA Galaxy

Annual wage – $4.5m (£2.93m)

GettyRobbie Keane scores a hat trick
Robbie Keane has found a new lease of life at LA Galaxy

6. Sebastian Giovinco

Club – Toronto FC

Annual wage – $5.6m (£3.65m)

Sebastian Giovinco now plays for Toronto FC

5. David Villa

Club – New York City FC

Annual wage – $5.61m (£3.65m)

David Villa left Atletico Madrid to join New York City FC

4. Michael Bradley

Club – Toronto FC

Annual wage – $6m (£3.91m)

Jonathan Daniel
Michael Bradley, son of manager Bob, joined Toronto after two seasons at Roma

3. Frank Lampard

Club – New York City FC

Annual wage – $6m (£3.91m)

Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsFrank Lampard celebrates after scoring his first MLS goal for New York City against Toronto FC
Frank Lampard moved to New York City after a year at the Etihad

2. Steven Gerrard

Club – LA Galaxy

Annual wage – $6.2m (£4.04m)

David Beckham joins Alex Gerrard to watch Steven Gerrard's MLS debut

Liverpool legend Gerrard is the second best paid player in MLS

1. Kaka

Club – Orlando City

Annual wage – $6.6m (£4.3m)

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Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka is the best paid footballer in the US
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