May 21, 2024 - Sports

How Nashville SC compares with other MLS teams on player pay

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

Nashville SC ranks fourth in the league in guaranteed compensation for players, although the team's overall total of $21.4 million is almost equal to Miami star Lionel Messi's pay alone.

Zoom in: Messi, considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is getting $20.4 million in guaranteed compensation this year, according to a report from the MLS Players Association.

The big picture: Three Nashville SC members rank among the 25 highest-paid players in the league this year.

  • Nashville's highest-paid player is Hany Mukhtar, who is ninth in the league with $5.2 million in guaranteed compensation.
  • Walker Zimmerman is 18th in the league, with more than $3.4 million.
  • Sam Surridge is 22nd in the league with $2.9 million.
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