Brazilian midfielder Kaka is the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer this season, taking home $7.167 million from Orlando City according to salary figures released Friday by the MLS Players Union.   The former Milan and Real Madrid star edged Toronto’s Sebastien Giovinco, the former Juventus striker from Italy on $7.115 million, while such high-profile new arrivals as England’s Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard saw their compensation made public as well, the duo among 21 MLS players who will crack the $1 million mark this year. Midfielder Gerrard is assured $6.332 million from the Los Angeles Galaxy while Lampard will receive $6 million from New York City. And each of them have some well-paid new teammates as well. Italy’s Andrea Pirlo will be paid $2.315 million by New York City, which also shells out $5.61 million to Spaniard David Villa. Irishman Robbie Keane will receive $4.5 million from the Galaxy, who also will give Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos $4.1 million. […]

The former Real Madrid star has urged Gareth Bale to use the criticism to help himself improve his motivation and confidence. Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a world-record fee of £86 million. The Welshman took his time to settle at the club but managed to win over the support of the Bernabeu faithful after he netted the winners in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League final. However, the winger has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism from the supporters as he has been often jeered at by the ‘Los Blancos’ fans. Gareth Bale started the season with aplomb and helped Real Madrid win the Club World Cup by netting the third winner in a major competition in his short tenure at the club. However, since the turn of the year, the former Spurs star’s form has dipped considerably and he has incurred the wrath of the highly demanding Real […]