With a base annual salary of around 7 million euros, Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), recently departed from OL, dominates the ranking of the highest paid MLS players in the United States .
He is well ahead of « Chicharito » and Gonzalo Higuain, who are however two stars of greater stature. Xherdan Shaqiri (30) is the highest paid soccer player in the United States, according to data released by the Major League Soccer (MLS) Players Association.
Under contract until the end of 2024 with the Chicago Fire since last winter, the Swiss international receives an annual salary of 7.35 million dollars (approximately 7 million euros). By adding the signing bonus and automatic bonuses, he is even certain to receive 8.15 million dollars per season on average (7.7 million euros).
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, star of the Los Angeles Galaxy, is second in the standings, with a base salary of $6 million (€5.69 million). Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain completes the podium. The former Real Madrid number 9, who has already announced his retirement for the end of the season, is paid 5.1 million dollars a year (4.8 M€) by Inter Miami by David Beckham. For comparison, Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned $7.2 million in 2019 at LA Galaxy.
Difficult start to the season
Transferred for 6.7 million euros by Olympique Lyonnais in early February, Xherdan Shaqiri seems to have almost doubled his salary. This was estimated at 4 million euros annually within the Rhone club, where he spent barely more than five months without convincing.
Indisputable holder within the Illinois franchise, which was looking to achieve a big sporting and marketing coup this winter, Shaqiri played nine games over the first eleven days of the championship. His statistical record is for the moment meager: two goals and an assist. Collectively, it’s no better. With only two victories, the team coached by Ezra Hendrickson is in last place in the Eastern Conference (14th).