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MLS Reveal Salaries For The Ten Highest-Paid Players In 2019

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MLS Reveal Salaries For The Ten Highest-Paid Players In 2019

Former Manchester United trio Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimović are among the ten highest-paid players in the MLS.

The MLS Players Union released the salaries for 2019 and Ibrahimović came out on top of the pile.

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According to the figures, the 37-year-old ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan striker earns $7.2m at LA Galaxy.

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Former LA Galaxy and Villarreal player Giovani dos Santos locked down second place with his hefty $6.5m pay package, while Toronto's Michael Bradley came third with $6.4m.

And further down the list is ex-Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who earns $5m at Chicago Fire.

But Rooney is even further down the top ten at ninth, with England and United's all-time record scorer carrying a $3.5m salary at DC United.

Posted below are the top ten highest-paid players in the MLS.

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1. Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy): $7.2m

2. Giovani dos Santos (listed as MLS): $6.5m

3. Michael Bradley (Toronto): $6.4m

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4. Jozy Altidore (Toronto): $6.3m

5. Carlos Vela (Los Angeles): $6.3m

6. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire): $5m

7. Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact): $4.4m

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8. Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto): $3.8m

9. Wayne Rooney (DC United): $3.5m

10. Josef Martínez (Atlanta United): $3m

The highest-paid player in the MLS last year was ex-Toronto star Sebastian Giovinco, who had a base salary of $6.5m and pocketed $7.1m thanks to the total compensation.

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Ibrahimović, who signed a new deal with LA Galaxy before the start of the season, has been flying high during his current campaign in the MLS.

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The Swedish superstar has made 12 appearances and scored 11 times, along with grabbing three assists along the way.

But he came under criticism after serving a two-match suspension for grabbing New York City's Sean Johnson in LA Galaxy's 2-0 defeat last month.

And when the towering striker made his return in LA Galaxy's 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City -- both scoring and assisting in the match -- Ibrahimović said he wasn't fazed by the criticism.

"Criticism is everywhere. I like it because I eat it for breakfast and then for lunch... I love performing under pressure because that is like fuel for me," he told reporters.

"The more [criticism], the better I get."

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Topics: Football News, Football, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Major League Soccer, MLS, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Vela

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