May 29, 2024 - Sports

The Columbus Crew’s $15.2 million payroll

Table showing MLS teams' total guaranteed compensation as an annualized average for the 2024 season. Inter Miami has the highest total at $41.7 million, followed by Toronto FC at $31.4 million and Chicago Fire at $25.1 million.
Data: MLS Players Association; Note: Guaranteed compensation includes a player's base salary, agent's fees, and all signing, marketing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player's contract, including option years; Table: Axios Visuals

The Columbus Crew is slated to pay its players a combined $15.2 million this season, per figures released by the MLS Players Association.

Context: The number is on the low-end for MLS teams, coming in 21st out of 29 squads.

Yes, but: The Crew's front office apparently knows how to get the best bang for its buck.

Zoom in: The team's highest paid player is Diego Rossi, a 26-year-old left wing from Uruguay, with $3.4 million in total compensation.

  • He's the 19th-highest paid player in the league.

Follow the money: Two other Crew players are above the million-dollar mark: Cucho Hernández ($2.9 million) and Darlington Nagbe ($1.5 million).

  • Most players earn salaries in the six-figure range.
  • The lowest compensation package reported for a player is $73,000.

Lionel's coin bank: The league's highest-paid player is Lionel Messi, an international superstar who captains Inter Miami and the Argentinian national team.

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