Clint Dempsey's contract agreement with new club Seattle Sounders revealed he would be paid more than David Beckham when he was at LA Galaxy.
The American made the move back to his homeland for a fee of £6million from Tottenham and agreed the deal to receive $8million (£5.2m) a year. His contact also contains a clause would allow him to go on loan during the MLS off-season.
Whereas Becks was on a base salary of $5.5million (£3.5m) when he signed for Galaxy, and later took a pay cut which put him on a 'small' $3million (£1.95m) a year.
However, the former England captain also earned millions in endorsements and other compensations, which the 30-year-old will not receive.
Adrian Hanauer, owner and general manager of Seattle, said: "In doing something of this magnitude we had to make sure we had the right player. Clint Dempsey fits that mould."
Dempsey first made a name for himself in MLS with New England Revolution before making the switch across the pond to join Fulham in 2007, and now returns with vast domestic and European experience.
The midfielder said: “I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders.”
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