Robbie Keane is set to earn at least €2,505,000, in his first year with L.A Galaxy according to the MLS Players’ Union’s records for the season, with the deal also expected to include lucrative goal and appearance bonuses.
The figure is bolstered by a €366,550 , part of an estimated €700,000 or $1,000,000 signing-on fee spread over the two-year deal.
Keane’s move to Los Angeles last month, which did not include a transfer fee, was facilitated in part by the links between Galaxy owners Anschutz Entertainment Group and Tottenham through the London side’s proposed move to the Olympic Stadium.
Speaking while on international duty last week Keane said he would not rule out a return to Europe during the MLS close season but said that it was unlikely any deal would be discussed at such an early stage after his move.
Despite the rather hefty signing-on fee Keane’s salary falls some way short of team-mate David Beckham’s €4,800,000 annual earnings as his €25,000,000 5-year deal from 2007 runs down.
Thierry Henry’s deal with New York Red Bull pockets the Frenchman just over €4,000,000 a year while another ex-Barcelona man, defender Rafael Marquez takes in around €3,500,000 at the New York club.
The MLS have a collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Union whereby each club has a salary cap but the ‘Beckham Rule’ introduced in 2007 means that each side may sign up to three players outside the league’s salary cap, allowing teams to compete for the transfers of players in the international market