Thursday, June 13, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic paid MLS record £5.7m salary this season by LA Galaxy


LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is earning a Major League Soccer-record $7.2million (£5.7m) salary this season.

The 37-year-old Ibrahimovic, who earned a relatively modest $1.5m (£1.18m) last year, broke the previous mark of Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, who had $7.1m (£5.59m) in total compensation in both 2017 and 2018.

The MLS Players Association said Wednesday the average base salary for all players this year is $376,174 (£296,00) and the average guaranteed compensation is $417,643 (£328,00), including a prorated share of guaranteed money not attributable to a specific year.

The average salary for senior roster non-designated players increased 13.3% to $345,867 and is up from $138,140 in 2014.

Striker Giovani dos Santos, released by the Galaxy in March, is second with a base salary of $4.75m and total compensation of $6.5m.

The minimum salary for each team's 18-20 senior players rose to $70,250 this season and the minimum for its maximum eight reserve players increased to $56,250.

This is the final season of a five-year labour contract.

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