As the reigning World Cup and Olympic champions, the U.S. women’s soccer team generated almost $20 million more in revenue than their male counterparts last year. That success, however, is not reflected female players’ paychecks: They take home nearly four times less than players on the men’s team, according to a complaint filed by five soccer stars on the women’s team.
The complaint against U.S. Soccer—filed jointly by U.S. Women’s National Team co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, goalkeeper Hope Solo, and midfield Megan Rapinoe—said that despite the fact that the women’s team makes more money for the sport, female players are compensated far less than their male counterparts.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” Solo said in the complaint. “We are the best in the world … and the USMNT get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”
Despite female players’ strong performance, soccer has lagged behind other sports like tennis in terms of progress on the issue of equal pay. No players on the women’s team were ranked among this year’s list of the 23 richest female athletes in the world. And U.S. Soccer isn’t the only offending organization: The salary cap of $265,000 for the National Women’s Soccer League is about 11 times less that in men’s Major League Soccer.
The highest-paid American female soccer star is Morgan, who reportedly made $450,000 last year. While that’s certainty a hefty payday, it pales in comparison to the earnings of some male players who take home tens of millions after you factor in endorsements.
Here are the 10 highest-paid female soccer stars in the world: