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Liverpool great Gerrard, Chelsea legend Lampard headed by Kaka on MLS top-earners list

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have ranked fourth and fifth respectively in Major League Soccer's highest-paid players list.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard, who plays with LA Galaxy, brings in $6.3million (£4.3m) per year while Chelsea icon Lampard (New York City FC) is just behind his former England teammate on $6m (£4.1m)

Leading the MLS top-earners is Brazilian star Kaka who rakes in a record of just over $7.16m (£4.87m) with Orlando City.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid attacking midfielder makes $6.6m (£4.5m) base salary with the rest made up of a prorated share of compensation.

Coming in behind Kaka in second position is Toronto FC maestro Sebastian Giovinco, formerly of Juventus, who earns around $7.11m.

In third position is Toronto captain and USA international Michael Bradley on $6.5m before Gerrard and Lampard.

Sixth position is occupied by Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo and in seventh is his New York City FC teammate, ex-Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa.

Former Premier League stars Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Tim Howard (to join Colorado Rapids in July) and Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) come in at 11th, 12th and 13th respectively while former top flight defender Liam Ridgewell, who captained Portland Timbers to the MLS Cup last season, is 19th on the list.


The following is the Top 10 MLS earners, courtesy of the MLS Players' Union:
*Guaranteed yearly earnings in £GBP

1. Kaka (Orlando City) - £4,873,900

2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) - £4,838,578

3. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) - £4,420,000

4. Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) - £4,170,100

5. Frank Lampard (New York City FC) - £4,080,000

6. Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC) - £4,022,669

7. David Villa (New York City FC) - £3,814,800

8. Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) - £3,281,000

9. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) - £3,132,040

10. Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) - £2,890,000

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