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Soccer Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets MLS salary record at $7.2-million

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Sporting Kansas City on May 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Kan.

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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 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 per cent to US$345,867 and is up from US$138,140 in 2014.

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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, $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 Martinez (US$3-million, US$3,058,333), Seattle forward Nicolas 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).

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 labour contract.

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