When soccer to be talked about in the United States, Landan Donovan’s name has to be mentioned as one of the biggest if not the best in the history of soccer in the country. Donavan born March 4, 1982, is one player from the United States that move to Europe early in his career and has justified his pay at every club he has played.
Landon Donovan’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of $12 million as the attacker earned in the region of $2-5million per annum during his best playing days across several clubs. The fact that he currently plays for Major Arena Soccer League side San Diego Sockers after several years at the top means he is someone that is addicted to the game and lives the game for what it is, entertainment.
His records playing in Major League Soccer in America are numerous and it will be difficult to forget him easily in the league. His rise to the top is a very encouraging one. For someone who started from as a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer youth residency program in Bradenton, Florida, he has shown from an early age that he was a special talent amongst his pairs as he won the Player of the Tournament.
He was influential in the US team that finished fourth at the under 17 in 1999 and this made him one of the most sorts after youngsters after the tournament. The German side, Bayern Leverkusen were finally able to secure his signature after the tournament.
Moving to Germany to play for Leverkusen didn’t go as planned as he ended up spending the majority of his six years at the club on loan. He practically played a large part in that period at San Jose Earthquakes of MLS.
When he decides to move on a permanent basis back to MLS, he sides for Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal that also made a significant rise to what he previously earn and help boost his net worth as he spent nine years at the club. During his time there, he won five MLS Championship five times.
The experience he had with Bayern Leverkusen ended up not being the only one he would have in Germany as he returned to Germany to play for Bayern Munich on loan. Loan spells at Everton in 2010 and 2012 also helped him record that he played in England and understand how the league work there and why it is difficult for American players to get first-team football because of the level of football is more advanced than what you have in MLS.
He was also a very successful player with the national team as he has the record of most assists in the national team history. He was a key member of the squad for three consecutive world cups-2002, 2006 and 2010. He was left out of the 2014 world cup at a time he was already in the twilight of his career.
One major talking point about his career was his persistent retirement and return to football late in his career. First was 2014 when he retired but later returned to play for LA Galaxy in 2016 and later retired again before another return in 2018 to play for Club León. Reasons for these decisions are not known to anyone but it baffles to see a player of his career size not making a firm decision.
Some have attributed it to the love of the game while some quarters see it as a financial inducing incentive for him.