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The highest-paid MLS players list for 2022 is out, with all data correct as of April 15, 2022.

Chicago Fire FC midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player.

According to data from the MLS Players Association, Shaqiri will earn a guaranteed compensation of $8.15 million. The Swiss makes roughly $7,350,000 in his base salary. He signed a Designated Player contract to join Chicago last February from French club Lyon.

Sitting second on the list is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. The Mexican forward, who plays for LA Galaxy, has a guaranteed compensation of $6 million. Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain completes the top three at $5.79 million.

Carlos Salcedo is the best-paid MLS defender. The Toronto FC star earns just under $2.4 million. Columbus Crew’s Eloy Room, meanwhile, makes the most money of any goalkeeper in the league at $883,000.

Here is a list of the top 20 highest-paid MLS players

#PlayerClubGuaranteed Compensation
1.Xherdan ShaqiriChicago Fire$8,153,000.00
2.Javier HernandezLA Galaxy$6,000,000.00
3.Gonzalo HiguaínInter Miami$5,793,750.00
4.Alejandro PozueloToronto FC$4,693,000.00
5.Jozy AltidoreNew England$4,264,963.00
6.Josef MartinezAtlanta United$4,141,667.00
7.Carlos VelaLAFC$3,941,667.00
8.Luis AraújoAtalanta United$3,700,000.00
9.Lucas ZelarayánColumbus Crew$3,545,833.00
10.Carles GilNew England$3,350,000.00
11.Rodolfo PizarroInter Miami$3,350,000.00
12.Nicolás LodeiroSeattle Sounders$3,256,667.00
13.Franco JaraFC Dallas$3,227,000.00
14.Raúl RuidíazSeattle Sounders$3,201,120.00
15.Victor WanyamaMontreal$3,091,667.00
16.Douglas CostaLA Galaxy$3,000,000.00
17.Adrien HunouMinnesota United$2,687,702.00
18.Gustavo BouNew England$2,675,000.00
19.Gastón GimenezChicago Fire$2,360,667.00
20.Carlos SalcedoToronto FC$2,351,000.00