Where Lorenzo Insigne will fit among the highest paid players in MLS

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Toronto FC’s capture of Lorenzo Insigne will go down in Major League Soccer’s history, no matter how he performs on the pitch.

Of course, everyone expects the Italian national team player, who won the European Championship 2020, to tear it up for TFC, which may lead to an upswing during the late season in honor of the MLS Cup. Nothing is off the table.

But even if TFC does not have to pay a transfer fee for Insigne – who will join the club when his contract with Napoli expires in July – the figures in the 30-year-old’s salary package are quite striking.

Here are the top five individual salaries in MLS with respect to Insigne:

* The salary figures are the guaranteed compensation that players will receive according to the MLS Players Association’s latest update.

Oh my, Alejandro Pozuelo !! ?

He travels with Panenka from the place and it is 2-1 Toronto with only minutes left! #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/shChEbf2VH

– FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 24, 2019

Toronto has moved mountains to get the Insigne, and they may not be ready yet with the likes of Andrea Belotti, Domenico Criscito and Carlos Salcedo all linked.

But it is not that they are already cheaper on their list. DP player Alejandro Pozuelo is the fourth highest player currently in the MLS with the Spaniard on his way home $ 4,693,000 per year.

Pozuelo fought for fitness in 2021 but has generally had great value for his salary, by doing MLS Best XI twice and even winning the MVP award in 2020.

Gonzalo Higuain’s first touch deserved a goal?

Follow @MLS for more pic.twitter.com/CqGC4hlFXz

– B / R Football (@brfootball) November 2, 2020

Given their owners and glamorous surroundings, Inter Miami will always bring in a big name to fulfill their attacking role – Gonzalo Higuain really fits in with the bill that has previously appeared for Real Madrid, Juventus, Napoli, Chelsea and AC Milan . What a CV!

But unlike Pozuelo, Higuain has struggled to offer a serious return on its annual salary of 5 793 750 USD. The former Argentine national team player has 13 goals and eight assists in 39 matches so far. It is by no means a terrible return, but far below the levels expected of him.

That said, the Herons have not exactly set MLS on fire during their two years in the league yet, and there’s just so much Higuain can do on their own.

Six goals in four games

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Chicharito is on? for LA Galaxy! pic.twitter.com/Psc74sV2Ie

– GOAL (@goal) 15 May 2021

Chicharito is an absolute icon in North America thanks to his achievements in Europe with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. Oh, and the little question of being Mexico’s record goal scorer.

With all that in mind, his 6,000,000 USD salary seems somewhat justified in the context of the rest of this list.

His first year in MLS 2020 was something of a disaster with just two goals in 12 games. But Chicharito tackled some personal issues and came back last season with a point to prove, hitting the net 17 times in 21 games – only Ola Kamara and Valentin Castellanos (both 19) scored more goals.

If only his teammates in the LA Galaxy could match those achievement levels …

The angle from Carlos Vela? Pic.twitter.com/obeHfTOuzh

– B / R Football (@brfootball) July 18, 2021

The last two seasons have not been good for Carlos Vela, or LAFC at all for that matter. But 6 300 000 USD per year man (currently the highest salary in MLS) was an absolute force of nature in 2019.

The Mexican forward scored no less than 34 goals in 31 appearances in the regular season with another 13 assists for good action, and shot LAFC against Supporters’ Shield with a total of record points – a record that has since been broken by the New England Revolution.

No player has ever scored more goals in a single regular season, with Vela breaking the previous record of 31 set by Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez just a year earlier.

NEWS | Toronto FC recruits Italian national team star Lorenzo Insigne

? ➡️ https://t.co/pgq3Uu7PTp@Lor_Insigne | #TFCLive pic.twitter.com/OmPA67DyOY

– Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) January 8, 2022

Do you remember when we said that Insigne’s salary was eye-catching? That’s because Toronto will pay out $ 15,000,000 for the services of the Italian forward. For that matter, if Insigne were an MLS club on their own, he would have been ranked seventh in the league for payroll expenses. Really amazing.

At that price, the powers that be in Toronto will hope and ask that he deliver silver and an infinite highlight roll.

Of course, given his lineage and existing talent, prayers are probably not required.

Is it July yet ?!

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