Kaka, Giovinco top MLS salary list

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The designated players lead a rising number of millionaires in the North American circuit

Brazilian superstar Kaka is the biggest earner in Major League Soccer, according to figures released this month by the MLS Players Union.

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The 35-year-old Orlando City designated player is set to earn a base salary of $6.66 million in 2017, with his guaranteed compensation at $7.17 million. Toronto FC's Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco is just behind with $7.12 million in guaranteed compensation ($5.6 million base).

Kaka and Giovinco lead a growing list of millionaires in MLS, with 28 players taking home seven figure salaries this season.

Among those are a host of newcomers into the league, including New York City FC's Maxi Moralez ($2 million), Atlanta United duo Miguel Almiron ($2.3 million) and Josef Martinez ($1.04 million), Romain Alessandrini ($2 million) of the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers attacker Sebastian Blanco ($1.08 million). Chicago Fire's German star Bastian Schweinsteiger leads the way among players new to MLS in 2017, with the World Cup winner pulling in $5.4 million.

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TOP 10 EARNERS IN MLS (by guaranteed compensation):

1. Kaka (Orlando City) — $7.17 million
2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) — $7.12 million
3. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) — $6.5 million
4. Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) — $5.9 million
5. David Villa (New York City FC) — $5.6 million
6. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) — $5.5 million
7. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) — $5.4 million
8. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) — $4.9 million
9. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) — $3.9 million
10. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) — $2.6 million

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