Montreal Impact is a Canadian MLS team located in Montreal, Quebec. The team struggled during the 2014 season and finished in last place. To say the least, the Montreal Impact needed a player to help them get more goals. Their new hope came in the form of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba who joined the Impact during the 2015 summer transfer window.
Drogba was the perfect player for the Impact, as they needed much help in their attacking game after former Italian international Marco Di Vaio retired from the game after the 2014 season. Plus Drogba already speaks both French and English, the two main languages of the city of Montreal. Drogba made an immediate name for himself in the MLS with four goals and one assist in four games.
However, the MLS Players Union updated its salary figures on Tuesday and it turns out Drogba is not in the top ten paid players of the MLS. Drogba is set to make a base salary of $1,666,668 and around $2.17 million in compensation, which adds in bonuses throughout the players contract. This may seem like a good amount of money, but it is modest compared for other stars who joined the MLS.
Orlando City star Kaká makes around $6.66 million in base salary ($7.17 million in compensations). Now there is a difference between the two decorated players. Kaká is four years younger than the 37-year-old Drogba.
Age cannot be too much of a decisive factor however as another former Chelsea star Frank Lampard is the same age as Drogba and is making $6 million. One key difference between many of the higher paid stars like Kaká and Lampard is that they were transferred to a team which has more money than the Impact do. Teams with more fans in higher populated cities usually have a team that can spend a little more money on players.
There is a MLS salary budget of $3.49 million but each team gets that number raised by a certain amount of “Designated Player” spots. Whatever his reasons may be, Drogba has taken a wage cut but he is now back to being the target man on the team. Starting and scoring almost every game has to be a great feeling for a player who is nearing the end of his career.
Here is a list of the Top 10 Highest Paid Players in the MLS
1. Kaká (Orlando City) – $7.17 Million
2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) - $7.12 Million
3. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) – $6.5 Million
4. Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) - $6.33 Million
5. Frank Lampard (New York City FC) - $6 Million
6. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) - $5.75 Million
7. David Villa (New York City FC) - $5.61 Million
8. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) $4.75 Million
9. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) $4.61 Million
10. Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) – $4.5 Million