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United States forward Abby Wambach (20) runs down a ball in the box against Colombia defender Angela Clavijo (13) during the first half in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Commonwealth Stadium.
United States forward Abby Wambach (20) runs down a ball in the box against Colombia defender Angela Clavijo (13) during the first half in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Commonwealth Stadium. Michael Chow—USA Today Sports/Reuters

The 10 Highest Paid Women Soccer Stars

Updated: Mar 31, 2016 2:03 PM ET | Originally published: Jun 26, 2015

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."

Read More: 5 Reasons Why Tennis Should Keep Paying Men and Women Equally

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:

Marta of Brazil in action during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Round of 16 match between Brazil and Australia at Moncton Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Moncton, Canada.
Marta of Brazil in action during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Round of 16 match between Brazil and Australia at Moncton Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Moncton, Canada.Clive Rose—FIFA via Getty Images

Marta Vieira da Silva

The Brazilian born soccer star who often goes by the single name Marta plays for the Brazilian National Team, but plays professionally in Sweden. She commanded the whopping salary of nearly $400,000 from her previous team, Tyresö FF, although the salary was reportedly paid by sponsors. Tyresö FF disbanded for financial reasons, but Viera stayed in Sweden by signing with FC Rosengård.

Alex Morgan #13 of the United States tires to get past Sarah Nnodim #22 of Nigeria during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between Nigeria and The United States June, 16, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Alex Morgan #13 of the United States tires to get past Sarah Nnodim #22 of Nigeria during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between Nigeria and The United States June, 16, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Rich Lam—Getty Images

Alex Morgan

One of the stars of the US Women's World Cup Team, Morgan plays professionally for the Portland Thorns in the US National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Sportsgoogly.com reports that Morgan's salary was increased to $450,000; if true, that must be through subsidies or sponsors as the NWSL is salary-capped at $200,000 per team. Whatever her salary is, she's making more in endorsements, with estimates ranging above $1 million.

United States forward Abby Wambach (20) runs down a ball in the box against Colombia defender Angela Clavijo (13) during the first half in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Commonwealth Stadium.
United States forward Abby Wambach (20) runs down a ball in the box against Colombia defender Angela Clavijo (13) during the first half in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Commonwealth Stadium.Michael Chow—USA Today Sports/Reuters

Abby Wambach

The world-record holder for international goals (men or women) recently announced that 2015 is her last run on the US World Cup team. She last played professionally for the Western New York Flash in the 2014 NWSL season and is taking the 2015 season off to prepare for the World Cup. Reports of her salary range from $190,000 to $300,000 — again, most likely through sponsorships.

Sydney Leroux of United States of America celebrates after the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between USA and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Sydney Leroux of United States of America celebrates after the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between USA and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.Adam Pretty—FIFA via Getty Images

Sydney Leroux

Born in Surrey, British Columbia, Leroux now plays for the US World Cup team and plays professionally for the Western New York Flash. Estimates of her salary range from $60,000 to $92,500.

Nicole Banecki
Nicole BaneckiBongarts—Getty Images

Nicole Banecki

Of mixed Cameroonian and German descent, Banecki plays for the German World Cup team as well as SC Freiburg in the German football league (Bundesliga). Her salary is listed at $90,000.

Amandine Henry of France is challenged by of Korea during the FIFA Womens's World Cup round of 16 match between France and Korea at Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
Amandine Henry of France is challenged by of Korea during the FIFA Womens's World Cup round of 16 match between France and Korea at Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.Stuart Franklin—FIFA via Getty Images

Amandine Henry

Henry plays defensive midfield for the French club Olympique Lyon, and is an important member of the French World Cup team, having scored an amazingly long goal against Mexico in the 2015 World Cup. Henry's estimated salary range is from $60,000-$70,000.

Nilla Fischer #5 of Sweden reacts after scoring the second goal against goalkeeper Precious Dede #1 of Nigeria with Emma Berglund #4 during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between Sweden and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Nilla Fischer #5 of Sweden reacts after scoring the second goal against goalkeeper Precious Dede #1 of Nigeria with Emma Berglund #4 during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between Sweden and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images

Nilla Fischer

Known for her distinctive haircut, Fischer plays for both VfL Wolfsburg in the German league and the Swedish national team. Fischer's salary is approximately $65,000.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on in the second half against Colombia in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Round of 16 match at Commonwealth Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on in the second half against Colombia in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Round of 16 match at Commonwealth Stadium on June 22, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada.Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images

Hope Solo

The controversial yet talented US World Cup goalkeeper and wife of former Seattle Seahawks (NFL) tight end Jerramy Stevens plays professionally for the Seattle Reign of the NWSL. Estimates of Solo's salary vary greatly, from $22,000 to $65,000.

Jonelle Filigno #16 of Canada high fives fans after the team warmup prior to the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Switzerland and Canada June, 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Jonelle Filigno #16 of Canada high fives fans after the team warmup prior to the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Switzerland and Canada June, 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Rich Lam—Getty Images

Jonelle Filigno

Filigno gets the exciting chance to play for the 2015 World Cup in her native Canada as part of the Canadian World Cup team. She also plays professionally for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL (on the campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey). Filigno's salary is approximately $60,000.

Laure Boulleau #3 of France takes the ball in the first half against England during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Group F match at Moncton Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Moncton, Canada.
Laure Boulleau #3 of France takes the ball in the first half against England during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Group F match at Moncton Stadium on June 9, 2015 in Moncton, Canada.Elsa—Getty Images

Laure Boulleau

Boulleau plays for Paris St.-Germain in the French league as well as playing for the French World Cup team. Boulleau's salary is estimated at $60,000.

Sources for all earnings reported in this story:
SportsGoogly, Sporteology, Sportyghost, Dailyentertainment, TSMplay, EqualizerSoccer, USA Today, UEFA, NWSLsoccer, NESN & Fusion.

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