By Paul Kennedy
David Beckham is making $2.5 million less this year under the terms of his new agreement with the Los Angeles than he did last year when he was MLS's highest-paid player with $6,500,000.04 in guaranteed compensation.
The New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez are now the highest-paid players in MLS with guaranteed compensation of $5,600,000 and $4,600,000, respectively.
Three of MLS's nine millionaires play for the last-place Galaxy: Beckham ($4,000,000), Robbie Keane (3,417,242.75) and Landon Donovan ($2,400,000), the lone American in MLS's millionaire club.
Three of the other millionaires play for FC Toronto, which is still without a point and in last place in the Eastern Conference: Thorsten Frings ($2,413,666.67), Julian de Guzman ($1,910,746) and Danny Koevermans ($1,563,323.33).
Scotsman Kris Boyd of Portland ($1,515,000) is the lone first-year MLS player making more than $1 million.
2012 MLS Player Salaries Alphabetical
2012 MLS Player Salaries Club
UNITED'S BRAND POWER. Manchester United might have missed out on the a trophy this year, but it remains soccer's biggest brand with an estimated worth $853 million, according to the latest Brand Finance rankings. Bayern Munich is No. 2 at $786 million. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are 3-4-5. United, Real Madrid and Barca all got AAA+ ratings.
OUTTAKES. Watch Sergio Aguero, Mario Gomez and some of the world's greatest athletes as they make Puma's commercial unveiling the new evoSPEED collection.
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