The MLS is quickly growing in popularity, and much of that growth can be attributed to the marketability of their players. While the league is constantly being overlooked, they have been able to attract some of Europe’s brightest stars… once their star had started to fade.
The league has been referred to as a “retirement league” where washed up superstars come to end their career while getting paid millions of dollars. Some of the big-name signings, like David Beckham and Sebastian Giovinco, have enjoyed tremendous success on the field. There are some multi-million dollar duds too. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names to come into the league and see how they fared.
Thierry Henry enjoyed a successful career with Arsenal and Barcelona before joining the New York Red Bulls in 2010. He was one of the most famous soccer players to come out of France and had a lot of hype following him to the Big Apple.
He signed a multi-year contract worth $5 million a year (with $5.6 million guaranteed) which, at the time, made him the highest paid MLS player, surpassing David Beckham. The French striker helped his club win a Supporter’s Shield in 2013 and made three MLS Best XIs.