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Who is the highest paid MLS player? Insigne making $14 million as salaries for Bale, Herrera, Benteke and more are revealed

6:34 AM GMT+4 18/10/2022
Lorenzo Insigne Toronto FC 2022
Toronto FC continues to take spending to new heights with their Italian stars.

Lorenzo Insigne is far and away the highest-paid player in MLS as the former Napoli star's contract with Toronto FC will see him make $14 million annually.

The MLS Players Association released its annual salary information report on Monday, with the salaries of every player in the league revealed to the public.

Recently-arriving stars like Gareth Bale, Hector Herrera and Insigne's teammate Federico Bernardeschi also all crack the top 25 best-paid players in the league, joining the likes of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gonzalo Higuain.

The top 25 highest-paid players in MLS



Total guaranteed salary

Lorenzo Insigne

Toronto FC


Xherdan Shaqiri

Chicago Fire


Javier Hernandez

LA Galaxy


Federico Bernardeschi

Toronto FC


Douglas Costa

LA Galaxy


Gonzalo Higuain

Inter Miami


Hector Herrera

Houston Dynamo


Alejandro Pozuelo

Inter Miami


Luiz Araujo

Atlanta United


Jozy Altidore

New England Revolution


Christian Benteke

D.C. United


Josef Martinez

Atlanta United


Lucas Zelarayan

Columbus Crew


Carles Gil

New England Revolution


Rodolfo Pizarro

Inter Miami


Nico Lodeiro

Seattle Sounders


Franco Jara

FC Dallas


Raul Ruidiaz

Seattle Sounders


Victor Wanyama

CF Montreal


Cucho Hernandez

Columbus Crew


Carlos Vela



Gustavo Bou

New England Revolution


Gareth Bale



Gaston Gimenez

Chicago Fire


Walker Zimmerman

Nashville SC


The Big Picture

Toronto FC continues to take MLS spending to new heights, as their two Italian stars both crack the top five.

With a total budget of $32.2 million, the Canadian side is far and away the biggest-spending MLS team when it comes to salary.

Inisigne and Bernardeschi alone make more than all but three MLS teams, with the New York Red Bulls the lowest spending in the league at $9.6 million, just over half of what Insigne makes in a season.

Toronto FC, however, failed to make the playoffs after Insigne and Bernardeschi arrived midseason after finishing up with Napoli and Juventus, respectively.