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Monday 16 September 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets MLS salary record as Wayne Rooney's wages are revealed

Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Jae C Hong/AP Photo
Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Jae C Hong/AP Photo
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been confirmed as the biggest earning player in America's Major League Soccer, with his $7.2m-a-year salary confirming the LA Galaxy striker is still earning the big money at the age of 37.

The MLS's tradition of releasing details of the salaries of all players in their competition always creates a talking point, with Ibrahimovic's lavish income the most any player has collected in the history of America's top soccer league.

The second highest earner in the MLS was Ibrahimovic's team-mate Giovani dos Santos, who earned $6.5m in what proved to his final season with LA Galaxy.

Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also features in the top ten list of wage earners as he earns $5.6m-per-year with Chicago Fire, with Wayne Rooney's salary looking modest by comparison as he collects $3.5m annually from DC United.

MLS stars may not be too comfortable with the world knowing what they are earning, with former Colorado Rapids striker Kevin Doyle among those who did not enjoy the annual release of salary figures during his time in America.

"It is a bit strange when the world is informed what you are earning, but that's the way they do it in America," confirmed former Ireland striker Doyle. "I suppose it's interesting if you are not the guy who having his salary published for the world to see, but I was never a big fan of it."

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