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Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:43
Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets MLS salary record at US$7.2m
By Associated Press
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:43 By Associated Press

Former Swedish international footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, gestures ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018. (FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP)

BETHESDA, Md. - LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is earning a Major League Soccer-record US$7.2 million salary this season.

The 37-year-old Ibrahimovic, who earned a relatively modest US$1.5 million last year, broke the previous mark of Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, who had US$7,115,556 in total compensation in both 2017 and 2018.

The 37-year-old Ibrahimovic, who earned a relatively modest US$1.5 million last year, broke the previous mark of Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco

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The MLS Players Association said Wednesday the average base salary for all players this year is US$376,174 and the average guaranteed compensation is US$417,643, 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 US$345,867 and is up from US$138,140 in 2014.

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

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley (US$6 million base, US$6,428,571 total) is third, followed by Toronto striker Jozy Altidore (US$4,891,250, US$6,332,250), LAFC forward Carlos Vela (US$4.5 million base, US$6.3 million total), Chicago midfield Bastian Schweinsteiger (US$5.6 million base and total), Montreal winger Ignacio Piatti (US$530,000, US$4,443,333), Toronto midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo (US$3.8 million), DC United forward Wayne Rooney (US$3.5 million, US$3,507,500), Atlanta forward Josef  Martínez (US$3 million, US$3,058,333), Seattle forward Nicolás Lodeiro (US$2 million, US$2,502,500), Orlando midfielder Nani (US$2,333333, US$2,486,250) and Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard (US$2 million, US$2,475,000).

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The minimum salary for each team's 18-20 senior players rose to US$70,250 this season and the minimum for its maximum eight reserve players increased to US$56,250. This is the final season of a five-year labor contract.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after scoring against the Chicago Fire during the first half of a MLS soccer match on April 14, 2018 at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP)

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