Average Salary for Soccer Players
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Although not one of the four major sports in the United States, soccer (or "football") is one of the most popular sports in the world. Nearly every major country has a major soccer league, while others have more. The average salaries of soccer players vary by country and by league. As you would expect, those playing in more skilled leagues across the world see a higher average salary.
Major League Soccer (United States)
According to Deadspin.com, players in the MLS, the top soccer league in the United States, earn an average of $213,048 per season, or $4,097 per week. The top-earning active player in MLS in 2014 is Michael Bradley of Toronto FC, making $6,000,000 base salary this season. Starting in 2015, when the league expands to 20 teams, Orlando's Kaka will be the highest-paid player, earning $6,660,000 base salary.
Premier League (England)
The English Premier League is arguably the top soccer league in the world. The average EPL player makes $3,562,600 per year or $68,511 per week, according to Deadspin.com. The league's highest-paid player is Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, who makes about $470,000 per week. Just below him is Manchester United's Radamel Falcao, who earns about $415,000 per week.
La Liga (Spain)
The highest division of soccer in Spain, La Liga is home to some of the world's best soccer players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The average La Liga player makes $1,901,008 per season, or $36,557 per week, according to Deadspin.com. SportyGhost.com (see reference 3) names the highest-paid La Liga players as Cristiano Ronaldo ($28,500,000 per year), Gareth Bale ($25,700,000 per year) and Lionel Messi ($21,700,000 per year).
Other Major Soccer Leagues
Two of the other top soccer leagues in the world are Bundesliga in Germany and Serie A in Italy. According to Deadspin.com, the average player in these two leagues make over $2,000,000 per year, or $40,000 per week. Other leagues where the average player earns over $1,000,000 per year are Ligue 1 in France and the Russian Premier League. Just below them is Brazil's Campeonato Serie A, where players earn about $915,000 per year on average.
Alan Bass has been writing since 2008. His work focusing on sports topics has appeared in the "Hockey News" and online at Inside Hockey and HockeyBuzz. He received a presidential award from Muhlenberg College for academic and community achievements, in addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology and business. In 2011, he published a book titled "The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed the NHL Forever."