MLS's 25 Highest-Paid Players For 2018

Here are the 25 highest earners in Major League Soccer for the 2018 season.

The MLS Players Association released salary data for the 2018 season this week, and we now know the MLS highest paid players for the current campaign. There’s a change at the top following the retirement of Orlando City’s Kaka, and there’s a definite show of strength from Toronto FC, which leads all clubs with a total payroll of $26.17 million (for comparison, Houston is at the bottom with a total spend of $5.67m).

Here’s a countdown of the 25 highest earners in MLS for 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, the LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicks off the list at No. 25 with a total compensation of $1.5m. Take a look at the rest of the MLS highest paid players 2018.

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

#25. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | LA Galaxy | $1,500,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players

Zlatan had three goals and three assists in his first six MLS games. Photo: @TeamFA | Twitter

#24. Bradley Wright-Phillips | NYRB | $1,635,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

BWP scored 17 goals for the NYRB in 2017. Photo: @FIFAcom | Twitter

#23. Felipe Gutierrez | Sporting Kansas City | $1,649,999.96

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Gutierrez scored five goals in his first six games for SKC. Photo: @SportingKC | Twitter

#22. Darwin Quintero | Minnesota United | $1,650,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players

Quintero scored two goals and had one assist in his first five games with the Loons. Photo: @daly_post | Twitter

#21. Clint Dempsey | Seattle Sounders | $1,650,000.04

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Dempsey scored 15 goals in 32 games for Seattle in 2017. Photo: @Aleespitia2015 | Twitter

#20. Shkelzen Gashi | Colorado Rapids | $1,668,750.00 

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Gashi only started 12 games for the Rapids in 2017. Photo: @EntModern | Twitter

#19. Borek Dockal | Philadelphia Union | $1,714,285.68

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Dockal has 27 caps for the Czech Republic. Photo: @thegoalkeeper | Twitter

#18. Romain Alessandrini | LA Galaxy | $1,869,996.00

MLS Highest Paid Players

Alessandrini scored 13 goals in 30 games for LA in 2017. Photo: @LAGalaxy | Twitter

#17. Nemanja Nikolic | Chicago Fire | $1,906,333.37 

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Nikolic won the 2017 MLS Golden Boot with 24 goals. Photo: @fanly_chifire | Twitter

#16. Fanendo Adi | Portland Timbers | $1,933,333.33

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Adi scored 10 goals in 22 games for Portland in 2017. Photo: @TimbersFC | Twitter

#15. Maxi Moralez | NYCFC | $2,000,000.04

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Moralez had five goals and nine assists for NYCFC in 2017. Photo: @MLS | Twitter

#14. Jonathan dos Santos | LA Galaxy | $2,000,000.04

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Dos Santos had one goal and one assist in 12 games for LA in 2017. Photo: @futbolsapiens | Twitter

#13. Yura Movsisyan | MLS L.L.C.* | $2,073,750.00

*on loan at Djurgardens IF from Real Salt Lake

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Movsisyan is no longer with us. Photo: @erikssonhenrik | Twitter

#12. Miguel Almiron | Atlanta United | $2,297,000.00

2018 MLS Highest Paid Players

Almiron had nine goals and 14 assists in his first MLS season. Photo: @CCFC_JOSH_1927 | Twitter

#11. Nicolas Lodeiro | Seattle Sounders | $2,302,500.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Lodeiro had seven goals and 12 assists for Seattle in 2017. Photo: @futbolMLS | Twitter

#10. Diego Valeri | Portland Timbers | $2,380,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Valeri was the 2017 MLS MVP. Photo: @fanly_timbers | Twitter

#9. Tim Howard | Colorado Rapids | $2,475,000.00 

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Howard posted a record of 7-14-4 last year. Photo: @TexasMeerkats | Twitter

#8. Ignacio Piatti | Montreal Impact | $4,713,333.37

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Piatti had 17 goals and six assists for Montreal in 2017. Photo: @globeandmail | Twitter

#7. Jozy Altidore | Toronto FC | $5,000,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players

Altidore was the 2017 MLS Cup MVP. Photo: @SportsCentre | Twitter

#6. David Villa | NYCFC | $5,610,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Villa scored 22 goals for NYCFC in 2017. Photo: @NYCFC | Twitter

#5. Giovani dos Santos | LA Galaxy | $6,000,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Dos Santos had six goals and three assists in 25 games for LA in 2017. Photo: @Last24ht | Twitter

#4. Bastian Schweinsteiger | Chicago Fire | $6,100,000.08

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Basti had three goals and six assists in 24 games for Chicago in 2017. Photo: @fanly_chifire | Twitter

#3. Carlos Vela | LAFC | $6,292,500.00 

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Vela scored five goals in his first nine games for LAFC. Photo: @ESPNmx | Twitter

#2. Michael Bradley | Toronto FC | $6,500,000.00

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Bradley captained Toronto to the best season in MLS history in 2017. Photo: @MLS | Twitter

#1. Sebastian Giovinco | Toronto FC | $7,115,555.67

MLS Highest Paid Players 2018

Seba had 16 goals and six assists for Toronto in 2017. Photo: @globeandmail | Twitter

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