With a base annual salary of around €7 million, Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), who recently departed the OL, dominates the rankings for the highest-paid MLS players in the United States.
He is well ahead of “Chicharito” and Gonzalo Higuain, who, however, are two of the taller stars. According to data released by the Major League Soccer (MLS) Players Association, Xherdan Shaqiri (30) is the highest paid soccer player in the United States.
Under contract with Chicago Fire from last winter until the end of 2024, the Swiss international receives an annual salary of $7.35 million (about 7 million euros). By adding signing bonuses and automatic bonuses, he is sure to earn an average of $8.15 million (euro 7.7 million) per season.
Mexican striker Javier Hernández, star of the Los Angeles Galaxy, is second in the standings, with a base salary of $6 million (€5.69 million). Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain completed the podium. The former Real Madrid number 9, who has already announced his retirement for the end of the season, is paid $5.1 million (€4.8 million) per year by David Beckham by Inter Miami. For comparison, Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned $7.2 million at the LA Galaxy in 2019.
Tough start to the season
Transferred by Olympique Lyonnais in early February for 6.7 million euros, Xherdan Shaqiri has nearly doubled his salary. It was estimated at 4 million euros a year within the Rhne club, where he spent barely more than five months without any confidence.
The undisputed holder within the Illinois franchise, which was looking to make a major sporting and marketing coup this winter, Shaqiri played nine games in the first eleven days of the championship. His statistical record is currently very short: two goals and one assist. Collectively, it doesn’t get any better. With only two victories, the team coached by Ezra Hendrickson is ranked last in the Eastern Conference (14th).