Soccer

Henry's salary tops Beckham's

2012-05-26 10:38
Thierry Henry (File)

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 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) and Danny Koevermans ($1.6 million) and Portland Timbers striker Kris Boyd ($1.5 million).

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