Thierry Henry eclipses Beckham as MLS top earner

Updated: 26 May 2012 07:53 IST

Thierry Henry has eclipsed David Beckham as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer after Beckham took a pay cut to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy this season, according to figures released by the player's union on Friday.

Thierry Henry eclipses Beckham as MLS top earner

Los Angeles:

Thierry Henry has eclipsed David Beckham as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer after Beckham took a pay cut to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy this season, according to figures released by the player's union on Friday.

The 34-year-old Henry, France's all-time leading scorer, now tops the salary table earning $5.6 million (4.5 euro) in 2012 playing for the New York Red Bulls.

The figure for total compensation includes salary and some bonus payments guaranteed over the life of a contract.

Henry's Red Bulls team-mate Rafa Marquez of Mexico - who like Henry joined the team in 2010 - is second at $4.6 million.

Beckham, who ushered in the era of high-paid foreign imports in MLS when he first signed a five-year contract with the Galaxy in 2007, will make $4 million in total compensation this season, compared to the $6.5 million per year he made under his prior contract.

The 37-year-old midfielder inked a new two-year deal with the Galaxy in January, reportedly rejecting a rich offer from French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckham's team-mate Robbie Keane of Ireland is fourth at $3.4 million, followed by the Galaxy's Landon Donovan and Toronto FC's Torsten Frings, both earning $2.4 million this season.

The remaining players whose wages top $1 million are Toronto's Julian de Guzman ($1.9 million), Danny Koevermans ($1.6 million) and Portland Timbers striker Kris Boyd ($1.5 million).

Topics : Football Arsenal Real Madrid France Robbie Keane David Beckham
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