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.
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.
|Steven Gerrard||LA Galaxy||Midfielder||$6.1m|
|Frank Lampard||New York City||Midfielder||$6m|
|Andrea Pirlo||New York City||Midfielder||$5.9m|
|David Villa||New York City||Forward||$5.6m|
|Giovani Dos Santos||LA Galaxy||Forward||$4.3m|
|Robbie Keane||LA Galaxy||Forward||$3.5m|
|Tim Howard||Colorado Rapids||Goalkeeper||$2.6m|
|Shkelzen Gashi||Colorado Rapids||Midfielder||$1.7m|
|Juan Manuel Martinez||Real Salt Lake||Forward||$1.5m|
|Innocent Emeghara||San Jose Earthquakes||Forward||$1.3m|
|Pedro Morales||Vancouver Whitecaps||Midfielder||$1.3m|
|Liam Ridgewell||Portland Timbers||Defender||$1.3m|
|Federico Higuain||Columbus Crew||Midfielder||$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.