It's easy to deride the rise of soccer culture in America. What with their clean stadiums, pre-watershed-friendly chants and sanitised rivalries, but then again, where else would you see a goal like this?
If that isn't the American dream encapsulated in one 55 second Twitter video, then what is?
Anyway, what started as a widely-mocked retirement league that allowed players like Bradley Wright-Phillips to look like Batistuta reincarnate, Major League Soccer has been steadily increasing its profile, meaning it can now attract some of the biggest names in the game (who are only a few years out of date) and, most importantly, pay them handsomely for their services.
How much you ask? Well, thanks to the good guys over at the Major League Soccer Players Union, we know that Orlando City midfielder Kaka, on £5.6m, is the highest-paid player in the league this season.
After that, it's diminutive Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco (£5.5m) and the big bald all-American midfielder Michael Bradley (£5.1m) who complete the top three. With Andrea Pirlo and his creaking Tuscan joints sitting in fourth, taking home a paltry £4.6m this year.
Here's the top 10.
- Kaka (Bra), Orlando City, £5.6m
- Sebastian Giovinco (Ita), Toronto, £5.5m
- Michael Bradley (US), Toronto, £5.1m
- Andrea Pirlo (Ita), New York City, £4.6m
- David Villa (Spa), New York City, £4.4m
- Giovani dos Santos (Mex), LA Galaxy, £4.3m
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (Ger), Chicago Fire, £4.2m
- Jozy Altidore (US), Toronto, £3.8m
- Clint Dempsey (US), Seattle Sounders, £3m
- Diego Valeri (Arg), Portland Timbers, £2m
Jozy Altidore... now there's a name Sunderland fans will want to forget about. He's earning near-enough £4million a year. How about that, aye?