Lorenzo Insigne has been named Major League Soccer Player of the Year as the players’ association released their list of annual salaries.
Italian striker Insigne joined Toronto from Napoli at the end of the 2021–22 Serie A season, signing a four-year deal.
It has now been revealed that Insigne will earn $14 million in his first season, well ahead of the next highest paid MLS player, which is former Liverpool player of the Chicago Fire and Bayern Munich Xherdan Shaqiri.
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Shaqiri earns a base salary of $7.35 million, but his guaranteed compensation is $8.153 million. The 31-year-old joined Chicago from Lyon in February.
The MLS Players Association (MLSPA) released its list, which included a number of surprising salaries: Former Juventus and Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini receives a modest – compared to Insigne – base salary of $1 million at Los Angeles FC, which rises only marginally to $1.075 million, including all guaranteed compensation.
Thus, Chiellini was absent from the list of the 25 highest paid MLS players, and his teammate Gareth Bale squeezed into the list only at number 23, while the former Real Madrid and Tottenham striker received a base salary of 1.6 million dollars and a total of 2.387 million dollars.
In third place on the list is Javier Hernandez, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker.
Insigne’s compatriot and Toronto teammate Federico Bernardeschi are in fourth place (base: $3.125m; guaranteed: $6.256m), ahead of LA Galaxy’s former Juventus teammate Douglas Costa in fifth ( Basic: $3M; Guaranteed: $5.8M).
Christian Benteke, who left Crystal Palace to join DC United in August, is in 11th place with a base salary of $4m ($4.183m guaranteed).