AAP Soccer

Zlatan lands MLS salary record at $7.2M

By AAP Newswire

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is earning a Major League Soccer record $7.2 million ($A10.4m) salary this season.

The 37-year-old Ibrahimovic, who earned a relatively modest $1.5m ($A2.2m) last year, broke the previous mark of Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, who had $7,115,556 ($A10,266,2278) in total compensation in both 2017 and 2018.

Striker Giovani dos Santos, released by the Galaxy in March, is second with a total compensation of $6.5m ($A9.4m).

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley ($6,428,571, $A9,273,673) is third, followed by Toronto striker Jozy Altidore ($6,332,250, $A9,135,500) and LAFC forward Carlos Vela ($6.3m, $A9.1m).

Former Premier League star and DC United forward Wayne Rooney is ninth ($3,507,500).

The MLS Players Association said on Wednesday the average base salary for all players this year is $376,174 ($A542,419) and the average guaranteed compensation is $417,643 ($A602,209).

The average salary for senior roster non-designated players increased 13.3 per cent to $345,867 ($A498,714) and is up from $138,140 ($A199,187) in 2014.

The minimum salary for each team's 18-20 senior players rose to $70,250 ($A101,312) this season and the minimum for its maximum eight reserve players increased to $56,250 ($A81,115).


Zlatan Ibrahimovic$7.2 million

Giovani dos Santos$6.5 million

Michael Bradley$6.43 million

Jozy Altidore$6.33 million

Carlos Vela$6.3 million

Bastian Schweinsteiger$5.6 million

Ignacio Piatti$4.44 million

Alejandro Pozuelo$3.8 million

Wayne Rooney$3.51 million

Josef Martinez$3.06 million