MLS Salaries REVEAL: Gareth Bale is only 23rd highest earner at $2.3 million and LAFC teammate Giorgio Chilleni gets just $1 million… while highest paid Lorenzo Insigne earns $14 million – almost DOUBLE second place Xherdan Shaqiri
After earning $627,000 a week (€636,000) at Real Madrid, the magnitude of Gareth Bale’s MLS pay cut has been revealed, with the attacker earning a relatively modest salary at LAFC.
Figures released Monday by the MLS Players’ Association showed Bale earning $2.3 million in “guaranteed compensation” for the season, including any signing and guaranteed bonuses.
The number means 22 players earn more than Bale in MLS, and while that seems like a big drop from his European playing days, the Welshman’s limited role in LA makes it hard to justify a bigger payday.
Gareth Bale is only the 23rd highest earner in the MLS, but has seen little action this season
The signing of Lorenzo Insignia was considered a huge coup for Toronto FC
Since signing for the club on 27 June, Bale has made just two league starts for the club, playing 10 more times from the bench and scoring two goals.
Other high-earning imports have had more impact.
Lorenzo Insigne ($14 million) and Federico Bernardeschi ($6.2 million) of Toronto rank first and fourth highest earning respectively in the league, with both having at least six goals and two assists after joining this one. summer.
Former Liverpool, Stoke and Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri ($8.1 million) was the only player to earn less than Insigne, contributing seven goals and seven assists in his first MLS season.
Xherdan Shaqiri had an effective season for Chicago as the league’s second-highest earner
Elsewhere, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez ($7.4 million) and Gonzalo Higuain ($5.7 million) were the third and sixth highest earners, while former USMNT striker Jozy Altidore ($4.2 million) rounded out the top ten with Toronto FC.
Bale wasn’t the only player to earn a surprisingly low salary.
His LAFC team-mate, staunch Juve fan and Euro winner Giorgio Chiellini earns just over $1 million, and the Italian central defender has played a bigger role than Bale in the US with nine starts for LAFC since joining.
Ex-Barca, Porto and Fiorentina winger Cristian Tello ($1.7 million) also fell outside the top 25 earners and has failed to start a game for LAFC since joining Bale and Chiellini there.
Giorgio Chiellini, 38, is not one of the MLS’s top 25 earners for this season, it has been revealed
Chelsea’s Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina will have had a huge pay raise when he joined the London club in August, as the Chicago Fire paid him $147,000 before agreeing to stay with the club for the remainder of the season.
And the 2021 Golden Boot winner, ex-NYCFC striker Valentin ‘Taty’ Castellanos, has also likely increased his salary since joining fellow City Football Group club Girona in La Liga this summer in La Liga. He made $900,000 for the move from New York.
Former Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke ($4.1 million), Aston Villa midfielder Carles Gil ($3.5 million), Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama ($3 million) and Real Socieded winger Carlos Vela ($2.1 million). 7 million) also made the league’s top 25 earners.