MLS salaries released: What does it cost to lure an ageing star?

Just last week Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata said the MLS was blowing A-League clubs “out of the water” in terms of the cash splash for big name stars.

Now the MLS Players Union has released the salary details of every player in the league and Australian fans can judge for themselves.

Chelsea legend and Montreal Impact star Didier Drogba (37) – once touted as a possible A-League pick-up – earns a relatively modest $US2.166m. Earning slightly more is 36-year-old Juventus legend, Andrea Pirlo, now of New York City FC on a $2.3m package. Neither comes  close to the Top 10 football fat cats in the United States.

So who is raking in the top dosh?

Kicking us off in 10th spot is Robbie Keane (35) who earns an annual salary package of $US4.5 annually from LA Galaxy.

At 9th is Seattle Sounders and US international star Clint Dempsey (32) on $US4.6m.

Sprightly 25-year-old, Jozy Altidore of Toronto FC, comes in at 8th with $US4.75

Meanwhile Melbourne City’s four-game blow-in, David Villa (33) of New York City FC, picks up a tidy $US5.61m a year as the league’s 7th highest paid player.

Giovani Dos Santos (26) of LA Galaxy makes an entrance at 6th on $US5.75m.

Former Chelsea great and New York City signing, Frank Lampard (37), is 5th and pulling some small change with an annual salary package of $US6m.

Above him in fourth is another legend of the Premier League, ex Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard (35), who earns $US6.332m from LA Galaxy.

Making the top three and edging the English lads is Michael Bradley (28) from Toronto FC on $US6.5m.

Coming in at second is Sebastian Giovinco (28) from Toronto FC at $US7.115m.

Which just leaves the highest paid player in the league – Kaka (33). The Brazilian World Cup winner and 2007 Ballon d’Or recipient tops the list with an annual salary package of $US7.16m from Orlando City.

See the complete list here.