Kaka still the best paid player in Major League Soccer

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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard may rank among the Premier League’s greatest ever players but they remain second best to one Major League Soccer star when it comes to bringing home the big bucks.

According to new data released by MLS officials, former AC Milan and Real Madrid maestro is the best-paid player in American’s top soccer league with an annual base salary of $6,660,000.

Now 34, the Brazilian currently turns out for Orlando City, where he has so far scored 11 goals in 32 appearances.


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A much-loved figure among AC Milan fans, Kaka failed to settle at Real Madrid, enduring a miserable spell at the Bernabeu, where he was constantly living in the shadow of fellow new recruit Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite playing some way below his peak for much of the past few years, Kaka still takes home more than Gerrard and Lampard who were both competing in the Premier League last season.

The former England pair both earn a base salary of £6,000,000 each with LA Galaxy and New York City respectively and, while lower than their Brazilian rival, it remains higher than several notable names in the world of MLS.

David Villa earns a base salary of $5,610,000 with New York City according to the new figures while Andrea Pirlo also earns $5,600,000.

Sebastian Giovinco earns $5,600,000 with Toronto while former Sunderland flop Jozy Altidore takes home a surprising $4,825,000.

Interestingly, the only other player to take home the same as Gerrard and Lampard is former Aston Villa, AS Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley.

A highly rated US international, the bumper pay deal was a key factor in helping convince Bradley to return to the States.

Lampard and Gerrard also remain some way ahead of Robbie Keane, who takes home $3,500,000, despite the LA Galaxy man bagging an impressive 77 goals in 112 appearances.

Kaka may be the king of MLS earnings but it is fair to say the England pair are onto a nice earner in the twilight of their respective careers.

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