The former Brazil midfielder, who has not played since picking up a hamstring injury in the first game of Orlando’s season in early March, will earn $7.2m (about R94.1m) in total compensation in 2017.
Italian forward and former Landon Donovan MVP Award winner Sebastian Giovinco was second on the list with $7.1m (about R92.8m) in total compensation, followed by US national team captain and
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos ($5.5m, about R71.9m) was sixth among the league’s highest-paid players, while Bastian Schweinsteiger, in his first year with the Chicago Fire, was ranked seventh at ($5.4m, about R70.6m).
Making up the top 10 were Jozy Altidore ($4.9m, about R64m), Clint Dempsey ($3.9m, about R51m) and Argentine Diego Valeri ($2.6m, about R34m).
MLS teams do not disclose salary information when announcing player contracts, but the figures are confirmed by the union twice each year.