Robbie Keane living the American dream as he rakes in €9m
Robbie Keane will have raked in more than $12m (€8.68m) during his time at LA Galaxy by the end of 2014.
When extras like performance bonuses are included, the Ireland captain’s salary will rise to $4.5m this year, up from $4m last year and $3.4m during his first full season.
However, Ireland’s top goal scorer Keane still has some way to go to match the now-retired David Beckham’s $6.5m-a-year haul.
Beckham increased his salary with the addition of a percentage of Galaxy revenue, bringing his total to an estimated $50m over five years.
According to figures released by US Major League Soccer (MLS), Keane is earning many multiples of some of his team-mates as well as other Irish players elsewhere in North America.
Of the 31 Galaxy players, the majority are paid a salary between $30,000 and $90,000 a year – on par with League of Ireland salaries.
Andy O’Brien, another former Ireland international, earns $250,000 playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Northern Ireland’s Jonny Steele takes in a salary of nearly $130,000 playing with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry at the New York Red Bulls.
The figures were reported in the Sunday Business Post.
Keane’s salary at Spurs was reportedly £65,000, working out at more than £3.3m (or $5.67m) a year.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed his time in LA where he and his wife Claudine and son Robbie Jr have settled in well but he was less than impressed at the weekend when the Galaxy twice surrendered their lead against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Galaxy captain, who thought his 77th-minute goal had earned his team three points, said the result felt like a defeat.
“You work your socks off to keep the ball, make things happen, come to a tough place, the field is not great, difficult to play on, but we made it good, and then we give two sloppy goals away,” he said.