Friday 20 May 2016 11:45 am

Major League Soccer salaries revealed: Chelsea legend Frank Lampard paid $6m, dwarfing former team mate Ashley Cole's $300,000 salary

Former England midfield partners Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will be the fourth and fifth best-paid football players respectively in America next season.

Gerrard, at LA Galaxy, will earn $6.1m and New York City's Lampard is in line for $6m but it is AC Milan and Real Madrid's former Brazilian forward Kaka who tops the Major League Soccer (MLS) rich list with a $7.2m guaranteed salary.

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MLS franchises operate under a salary cap of $3.5m per team but teams are permitted to sign three "designated players" and pay them whatever they want.

Consequently, MLS' best-paid players —which also include former Premier League stars such as Robbie Keane on $3.5m a year and Kevin Doyle on $1.12m a year — enjoy salaries that dwarf those of their teammates.

NameClubPositionGuaranteed salary
KakaOrlandoForward$7.2m
Sebastian GiovincoTorontoForward$7.1m
Michael BradleyTorontoMidfielder$6.5m
Steven GerrardLA GalaxyMidfielder$6.1m
Frank LampardNew York CityMidfielder$6m
Andrea PirloNew York CityMidfielder$5.9m
David VillaNew York CityForward$5.6m
Jozy AltidoreTorontoForward$4.8m
Clint DempseySeattleForward$4.6m
Giovani Dos SantosLA GalaxyForward$4.3m
Robbie KeaneLA GalaxyForward$3.5m
Tim HowardColorado RapidsGoalkeeper$2.6m
Didier DrogbaMontrealForward$2.2m
Shkelzen GashiColorado RapidsMidfielder$1.7m
Juan Manuel MartinezReal Salt LakeForward$1.5m
Nelson ValdezSeattleForward$1.5m
Innocent EmegharaSan Jose EarthquakesForward$1.3m
Pedro MoralesVancouver WhitecapsMidfielder$1.3m
Liam RidgewellPortland TimbersDefender$1.3m
Federico HiguainColumbus CrewMidfielder$1.2m

Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole, not a designated player at LA Galaxy, is on $300,000 a season but previous club Roma are believed to be supplementing his salary.

In total, all 20 MLS clubs are paying $175.8m per season to players – less than the wage bills of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

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