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The Highest-Paid MLS Midfielders

MLS: US Open Cup Final-Houston Dynamo FC at Inter Miami CF
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Record-setting attendance numbers for the MLS last year speak volumes to the league’s growing popularity. Increasing revenue and more expansion lead to higher player salaries.

The top two highest-paid MLS midfielders earn wages that even compare with midfielders in more popular, stronger international leagues.

Sergio Busquets is the highest-paid MLS midfielder of 2024. His $8.49 million salary with Miami is more than double the third-highest-paid midfielder. Busquets arrived in July 2023 along with Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba.

The high-profile signing of the former Barcelona players has been a revelation both in ticket demand and team performance.

Busquets helped lead them to their first Leagues Cup win in August.

Lorenzo Insigne’s $7.5 million salary puts him second. The Toronto star signed his 3-year, $22.5 million deal in 2022 to anchor the midfield. His 224 career goals and assists are the most among the highest-paid MLS midfielders. 

Third on the list is the Dynamo’s Héctor Herrera. The Mexican midfielder makes $4.75 million a season. He joined Houston in 2022 after playing in Portugal and Spain for nine seasons.

LA Gakaxy’s Riqui Puig comes in fourth with his $2.35 million contract. The 24-year-old began his career playing for Barcelona. He’s the youngest player in the top 10 and the only one who has yet to play 100 career matches. 

The Brazilian-born Evander comes in fifth among the highest-paid MLS midfielders. Evander earns $1.93 million with the Timbers. He’s set to earn $5.79 million over his 3-year contract.

Only the top four highest-paid midfielders earn over $2 million a year.

Sean Davis, 25th highest-paid MLS midfielder, is the only player on the list who doesn’t earn at least $1 million.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Midfielders in Major League Soccer

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid MLS midfielders. The list was compiled using data from Capology.

  • Updated: June 11, 2024
RankPlayerCareer MatchesTeamTotal Compensation
1Sergio Busquets507Inter Miami$8.49 million
2Lorenzo Insigne414Toronto FC$7.5 million
3Héctor Herrera318Houston Dynamo$4.75 million
4Riqui Puig98LA Galaxy$2.35 million
5Evander187Portland Timbers$1.93 million
6Mateusz Klich386DC United$1.9 million
7Gastón Giménez213Chicago Fire$1.6 million
8Alexander Ring342Austin FC$1.53 million
9Robin Lod282Minnesota United$1.5 million
10Carlos Gruezo226San Jose Earthquakes$1.46 million
T-11Victor Wanyama374CF Montreal$1.44 million
T-11Nemanja Radoja268Sporting FC$1.44 million
13Cristian Roldán260Seattle Sounders$1.42 million
T-14Darlington Nagbe398Columbus Crew$1.4 million
T-14João Paulo204Seattle Sounders$1.4 million
16Kellyn Acosta268Chicago Fire$1.39 million
17Obinna Nwobodo221FC Cincinnati$1.31 million
18Ilie Sánchez368LA FC$1.27 million
T-19Gastón Brugman332LA Galaxy$1.2 million
T-19Eduard Löwen155St. Louis City$1.2 million
21Julian Gressel230Inter Miami$1.09 million
22Andrés Cubas192Vancouver Whitecaps$1.05 million
T-23James Sands130NYC FC$1 million
T-23Brecht Dejaegere372Charlotte FC$1 million
25Sean Davis261Nashville FC$910K

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