The 23rd season of Major League season is already underway and fans are witnessing some epic matches. This season gave MLS’ fans one big reason to celebrate! The Swede football phenomenon Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 36-year-old forward left one of the world’s wealthiest clubs Manchester United where he played for two seasons and made 53 appearances with the club, scoring 29 goals. According to various market reports, Zlatan has signed a two-year contract with Major League Soccer. Ibra has reportedly taken a 95 percent pay cut to sign for LA Galaxy.
According to Sports Illustrated, via The Sun, his new figures are much lower due to the wage restrictions in place within the MLS. Teams are only allowed four franchise player spots, while their wage limit cannot exceed £2.8m per annum ($5.15m). Ibrahimovic’s deal is for £16,000-a-week ($29,400) and £850,000 ($1.56m) yearly.
In the United States for most of the sports including football (soccer) transfer fees are not as high as it is in other parts of the world. Because of certain guidelines, teams have certain restrictions on the transfer fees. It’s not necessary that every big MLS player will be on this list.
Last year it was Orlando City’s Kaka who topped the earnings table with more than $7 million in annual earnings. Let’s look at some of the most expensive signings of MLS 2018 season:
Ezequiel Barco: Atlanta United set a high bar after signing the Argentine player Ezequiel Barco, 18, from Independiente in a reported $15 million transfer. It is the biggest fee ever paid by an MLS team for a player.
Carlos Vela: Los Angeles FC have signed the 28-year-old Mexican national team forward for whopping for $6.5M. Coming from La Liga club Real Sociedad Vela is their first-ever Designated Player.
Diego Rossi: As an expansion side Los Angeles FC have signed Uruguayan youngster Diego Rossi as the second-youngest designated player in league history. The 19-year old forward Rossi made a move from Penarol to LAFC for $3.5m.
Benny Feilhaber: LAFC has made another big hit in the MLS market, after acquiring of midfielder Benny Feilhaber from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). The 32-year-old Feilhaber has been one of the league’s premier playmakers since joining the New England Revolution in 2011 and moving to Sporting KC in 2013. He supported Sporting to an MLS Cup (2013) and two US Open Cup titles (2015, 2017) during his time in Kansas City.
Dom Dwyer: Orlando City signed forward Dom Dwyer to a new, three-year contract. Orlando acquired Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City on July 25 in exchange for up to $1.6 million in allocation money, an MLS record at the time. Further terms of the new deal haven’t disclosed yet.