Four of the Top 10 Highest-Paid Female Soccer Players Are from the U.S.
What: The salary gap between female soccer players and their male star counterparts is huge.
Why it matters: Because women are making inroads despite the obstacles and long road traveled to overcome the belief that soccer is strictly a male sport. As proof, we present the top ten highest-paid female soccer players in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Four of the 10 players with the highest salaries play for U.S. clubs, and of these ten only one of them – the highest paid of all – is of Latin American origin: Marta, the Brazilian soccer star.
Marta Viera da Silva, the top scorer at FIFAWomen's World Cups and the world’s best female player for five consecutive years (2006-2010), receives a salary of $500,000 as a professional soccer player with the Rösengard club.
However, Soccer Line portal notes that these salaries are a far cry from the million-dollar salaries male players receive, not only in Europe but also in Latin America, Asia, and the United States.
In addition, according to specialized media, the salaries outlined by the portal do not take into account sponsorship earnings, just the salary that each of the Top 10 players receives from their club.
The four U.S. star players are Alex Morgan, #2 in the ranking; Abby Wambach, #3; Sydney Leroux, #4; and iconic goalkeeper Hope Solo, #8.
Double Olympic medalist Alex Morgan, who plays with French club Olympique Lyon, gets a salary of $450,000, although various media outlets claim she earned $3 million in 2015, 90% of which was sponsorship earnings.
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Abby Wambach, who retired in 2015 and still holds the record for most goals by a female U.S. national team player in international tournaments, with 170 goals, earned $300,000.
Sydney Leroux, of FC Kansas City and London 2012 Olympic medalist, receives a salary of $92,500.
Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper and 2008 and 2012 Olympic medal winner, earns $65,000.
Rounding out the ranking are Nicole Banecki (#5) with $90,000; Amandine Henry (#6) with $70,000; Nilla Fischer (#7) with $67,500; Jonelle Filigno (#9) with $60,000, and Laure Boulleau (#10) with $60,000.
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