- Last Updated: 10:01 AM, May 26, 2012
- Posted: 10:00 AM, May 26, 2012
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry replaced David Beckham as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer after the veteran Galaxy midfielder took a wage cut to stay in Los Angeles.
Henry dethroned Beckham in the high-earners list, released Friday by the MLS Players Union, which unsurprisingly was dominated by franchise players from the two teams.
France's record goalscorer takes home a base salary of $5 million, rising to $5.6 million with guaranteed compensation.
Beckham would have outstripped Henry with his old contract, which brought the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder $6.5 million each season.
But he now finds himself third on the list with guaranteed earnings of $4 million after renegotiating his terms early in the new year.
Henry's Red Bulls teammate Rafael Marquez was second overall with $4.6 million total compensation.
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was fourth with guaranteed earnings of $3.4 million, ahead of teammate Landon Donovan.
The US soccer star shared fifth spot with Toronto FC's former German international Torsten Frings, who both take home $2.4 million in 2012.
Beckham, 37, reportedly was offered a larger contract to join French club Paris Saint-Germain before electing to extend his career in Los Angeles.Follow @NYPostsports