There Are Only 7 People Who Make $1,000,000 Playing Soccer In MLS

Landon Donovan

Photo: Associated Press

Major League Soccer just published its 2011 list containing the salary of every player in the league and it shows that only seven players earn more than $1 million a season.That’s less the average yearly salary for a player in the (salary capped) NFL.

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To give you an idea of how that compares to soccer players in Europe, all the members on Barcelona’s squad average $7 million a year.

The transfer fee alone for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres was $79.5 million – or more than three times what these top 7 guys make combined.

While professional athlete is still a respectable living (the MLS minimum is $32,600, but many veterans make at least six-figures) soccer players in North America still trail behind the other big pro sports.

Source: Major League Soccer Players Union (via Grant Wahl). 2010 salary does not include endorsement or performance bonuses.

Juan Pablo Angel, L.A. Galaxy – $1,250,000

Julian de Guzman, Toronto FC – $1,910,746

Nery Castillo, Chicago Fire (now plays in Greece) – $2,038,062.50

Landon Donovan, L.A. Galaxy – $2,300,000

Rafael Marquez, New York Red Bulls – $4,600,000

Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls – $5,600,000.04

David Beckham, L.A. Galaxy – $6,500,000.04

Bet they'd love to play for one of these squads

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