The 10 Highest-Paid National Team Coaches
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Source: Gol

MLS Players Union periodically reveals MLS players salaries, representing an unique action in the football world, stating as two of the main arguments the fact that it allows a greater equity between players and rewards those who contribute more to the evolution of Major League Soccer, and the greater bargaining power of players gained through this entity
When the regular phase of the 2013 edition of Major League Soccer is taking place, Football Industry presents the top 20 salaries of the competition as well as the costs with salaries of each club (values ​​to May 1, 2013).
The 20 Highest-Paid 2013 MLS Players
In the table below, we present the 20 players with the highest annual base salaries of MLS in 2013. In this ranking there is a great predominance of players who made the most of their careers in Europe, as are the cases of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill. We also observe a very significant difference between the highest-paid (Robbie Keane, 3.1 million Euros) and the 20th-ranked (Darren O’Dea, 239 000 Euros). In this table, 10 players are forwards, 7 are midfielders, 2 can play as fowards or midfielders, and one is a defender. Seattle Sounders is the most represented club with 3 players.
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Salaries of the 2013 MLS Clubs
When analyzing the clubs participating in the 2013 MLS, one can see a great disparity between the New York Red Bulls and La Galaxy and the other MLS clubs. However, this distance fell between October 2012 and May 2013. The average annual base salary per club is 3.2 million Euros and 110,000 Euros per player.
On the other hand, there is also a large disparity between the highest-paid player of the club and his teammates. This difference is very pronounced especially in the case of LA Galaxy in which 44% of their base salary belongs to Robbie Keane.
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Notes: (1) Data from May 1, 2013, (2) Exchange Rate May 31, 2013: 1 USD = 0.769470 EUR; (3) For the purposes of analysis and simplification we only considered the base salaries of the players.

Forbes recently released the list of the 20 best-paid players in 2012. Together, these athletes received more than 332 million Euros representing an increase of 20% compared to 2011.
David Beckham continues to lead the list of the best-paid players having been his best year in terms of commercial revenues. The English player, the oldest of the 20 players on the list, managed to raise about 33.8 million Euros through its sponsorship contracts along with around 5 million in salary and bonuses through his contract with LA Galaxy. These values ​​were mainly due to his relationship with adidas, Coty, Breitling and Chinese Super League since the salary earned in the club is the lowest in the Top 20.
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English players are the majority in number and value. The five English players on the list received 91.7 million Euros in 2012 being followed by the three Argentine players (59.6 million euros) and Cristiano Ronaldo (33.4 million Euros) from Portugal.
Regarding the championship(s) in which they played in 2012, the English Premier League (Barclays Premier League) dominates the list of the best-paid players since 12 of the 20 athletes competed in that league during this period (Didier Drogba only for 6 months) aggregating 201.2 million Euros. Spanish (Liga BBVA) and North American (Major League Soccer) leagues complete the podium.
With regard to the age of the players, 40% are less than 29 years-old (received 44% of the total amount in 2012), 20% is 29 years-old (received 17% of the total sum) and 40% have over 29 years-old (received 39% of the total amount). We can also see that 12 of them are forwards, 7 are midfielders and only 1 is a defender (John Terry).
Notes: (1) The amounts received by the athletes include their salary, performance bonuses and sponsorship contracts, (2) Exchange Rate April 26, 2013: 1 USD = 0.767430 EUR; (3) Amounts rounded to hundreds of thousands.
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