According to figures released Friday by Major League Soccer’s players union, newly acquired Galaxy midfielders Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos are among the top 10 best-paid players in the league — even though neither has played an MLS game yet.
Gerrard’s 18-month contract will pay him an annual salary of $6.33 million, behind only Orlando City’s Kaka ($7.16 million) and Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco ($7.11 million) and Michael Bradley ($6.5 million). Gerrard is expected to make his MLS debut Friday against San Jose after playing in last week’s friendly with Club America and Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup game with Real Salt Lake.
Dos Santos’ 4 1/2-year deal will earn him an average annual salary of $4.1 million, good for 10th in the league. His salary is significantly lower than the $6 million that had been reported earlier.
Dos Santos, currently on duty with the Mexican national team, will join the Galaxy next month. Teammate Robbie Keane, the league’s MVP, is making $4.5 million.
The top 10:
Kaka (Orlando City) $7.16 million
Sebastian Giovinco (FC Toronto) $7.11 million
Michael Bradley (FC Toronto) $6.5 million
Steven Gerrard (Galaxy) $6.33 million
Frank Lampard (New York City FC) $6 million
David Villa (New York City FC) $5.61 million
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) $4.75 million
Clint Dempsey (Seattle) $4.6 million
Robbie Keane (Galaxy) $4.5 million
Giovani Dos Santos (Galaxy) $4.1 million
The complete list, by teams is here.