What is the difference between Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela’s salaries?
The LAFC and LA Galaxy, representing the Western Conference, will celebrate another edition of “El Trafico” to define a ticket to the MLS Cup Finals. Both teams represent the strongest rivalry in Major League Soccer (MLS), with the top stars of both teams, Carlos Vela for the black and gold team and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for the Galaxy, maintaining a close friendship.
In fact, there is no competition between them, off the soccer field. Not even financially, where the pay gap between the two is significant despite being two of the MLS benchmarks.
Vela accepted a significant pay cut
This happened from 2022 when Vela accepted a significant cut in his salary for that season, thus ceasing to be one of the league’s highest-paid players, allowing for the arrival of standout reinforcements such as Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini. However, this caused him to fall significantly down the pay chart.
How much does Chicharito make in MLS 2022?
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player has a 2022 base salary of $6 million and his guaranteed compensation will see him earn $7,443,750 at the end of the tournament, the highest-ever start-of-the-year salary in US soccer .
How much does Carlos Vela earn in MLS 2022?
LA Galaxy’s Mexico forward Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernndez is currently the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2022. Carlos Vela, on the other hand, fell to 21st place after losing his $6 million salary that he earned until last year was slashed to $4 million after accepting that amount to remain in Los Angeles this season.
The reason is that “El Bombardero” was hoping for a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles team, but the board only offered him a one-year contract, and that despite Vela receiving offers from other teams, including Liga MX, preferring his Cut salary to win title with Los Angeles FC.
According to the updated MLS salary guide released in August, before the arrival of the likes of Bale, Chiellini or Spaniard Riqui Puig, Carlos Vela was earning less than the likes of Rodolfo Pizarro, who left Inter Miami in the summer and returned to Mexico to play for Rayados.
Who is the highest paid player in the league?
To date, Toronto FC’s Italian Lorenzo Insigne is the highest-paid player in MLS with $14 million, followed by Chicago Fire’s Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri with $7,350,000.
Top 10 earners
The top 10 also included other international stars such as Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuan, Hctor Herrera, Alejandro Pozuelo, Luiz Araujo and Jozy Altidore.