Andrea Pirlo will pocket almost $6 million this year, according to the MLS Players Union (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Depending on your vantage point, either Andrea Pirlo or David Villa is the highest paid player on New York City FC, according to Major League Soccer salaries that have been released by the MLS Players Union.

Villa will earn $5,610,000 in a base salary 2017, compared to Pirlo’s $5.6 milion in the same category.

However, the 2006 World Cup champion from Italy will rake in a guaranteed compensation of $5.915,690 in comparison to Villa’s $5,610,000 overall haul.

City has a third member of the million’s club, as midfielder Maxi Morelez earns $2,000,000.04 in base salary and guaranteed compensation:

Here is NYCFC’s full salary list, as provided by the MLSPU (in alphabetical order):

(Name, position, base salary, guaranteed compensation)

Allen RJ D $100,000.08 $101,666.75

Awuah Kwame D-M $53,004.00 $53,004.00

Brilliant Frederic D $280,000.00 $319,666.67

Callens Alexander D $180,000.00 $180,000.00

Camargo Miguel M $99,999.96 $108,249.96

Chanot Maxime D $350,000.00 $383,000.00

Diskerud Mix M $772,669.00 $772,669.00

Gomez Shannon D $54,075.00 $54,075.00

Harrison Jack M $130,000.00 $165,500.00

Herrera Yangel M $123,557.04 $123,557.04

Johansen Eirik GK $65,625.00 $65,625.00

Johnson Sean GK $220,008.00 $220,008.00

Lewis Jonathan F $80,000.04 $115,500.04

Lopez Mikey M $75,000.00 $75,000.00

Matarrita Ronald D $175,000.00 $200,000.00

McNamara Thomas M $185,000.04 $185,000.04

Mena Jefferson D $250,000.00 $261,400.00

Moralez Maximiliano M $2,000,000.04 $2,000,000.04

Okoli Sean F $52,999.92 $52,999.92

Pirlo Andrea M $5,600,000.00 $5,915,690.00

Rawls Andre GK $65,633.40 $65,633.40

Ring Alexander M $340,000.08 $376,666.75

Shelton Khiry F $92,950.00 $110,450.00

Stertzer John M $65,000.00 $65,000.00

Sweat Ben D $65,004.00 $65,004.00

Villa David F $5,610,000.00 $5,610,000.00

Wallace Rodney M $220,000.08 $220,000.08

White Ethan D $65,000.00 $65,000.00

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at