Altidore spent two uninspiring seasons at the Stadium of Light, after joining the Black Cats from AZ Alkmaar in a $13 million move in 2013.
The American scored one goal in 42 appearances for the Premier League side, before being sold to Toronto FC in January 2015.
And despite his shocking form in England, Toronto are reportedly paying the 27-year-old a whopping $93,000 per week to play in the MLS, according to the Major League Soccer Players Union website.
The document published by the MLS Players Union confirm that Altidore’s annual base salary for 2017 comes in at an astonishing $4.875 million.
That means that only Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Villa get paid more than the frontman:
Considering Villa, Kaka, Pirlo and Schweinsteiger are all World Cup winners, it’s amazing to think Altidore is in the same wage bracket.
It just goes to show, even if you don’t make it in the cash-rich Premier League, someone, somewhere will still pay you the big bucks.