Although football managers often do not make as much as the players they are coaching, some of the best managers in the world still earn an astonishing amount. France Football, a French weekly magazine containing football news from all over the world, composed a list of the highest paid football managers in the world.
Eight manage clubs in one of the “big five” European football leagues and two manage a club playing in the upcoming Chinese Super League. Here are top 10 highest paid coaches in world football.
Ten highest paid football managers in the world
10. Rafael Benítez – Dalian Yifang – €13m
Following his successes with Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid, the now 60-year-old moved to the Chinese Super League in 2019. Benítez has developed a reputation as a hard man to please and is now bringing his ruthlessness to the Far East. After a three-year spell with Newcastle United came to an end, he moved to Dalian Yifang, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.
9. Massimiliano Allegri – Juventus – €13.5m
Massimiliano Allegri played for several smaller Italian football clubs as a midfielder, including Livorno, Pescara, Cagliari and Aglianese, but became better known as a football manager. He retired from professional football in 2003 and was appointed coach of Aglianese. He later took over as Juventus manager from Antonio Conte, only to get sacked after five successful seasons. Despite being firedover a year ago, he still receives about 13.5m every year from the club.
8. Fabio Cannavaro – Guangzhou Evergrande – €14m
Fabio Cannavaro is the highest-paid manager in Chinese Super League and eight highest-paid in the world. The Italian won the Chinese Super League title with Tianjin Quanjian in 2019 and coach of the year in 2017. The 2006 World Cup winner is now in his second spell at Guangzhou and works as caretaker manager for the Chinese national team. The Ballon d’Or winner earns around 14m annually.
7. Ernesto Valverde – FC Barcelona – €19m
With his €19m annually, Valverde is the 7th highest-paid football coach in the world. The Spaniard was fired early on in 2020 but still has an ongoing contract with the Blaugrana till 2021. Poor performances in the league meant his position came under pressure and on the 13th of January 2020, he was sacked by the club, winning La Liga twice. He still is the third-highest-paid manager in La Liga, following Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone.
6. Zinédine Zidane – Real Madrid – €23m
Zinedine Zidane both is one of the most successful football players and football managers in the world. The 1998 World Cup winner only managed Real Madrid Castilla and Real Madrid (2016-2018 and 2019-) but has already won La Liga twice and the Champions League three times in his short managerial career. According to France Football, the Frenchman brings in about 23m annually, 21m in gross wages plus sponsorship deals.
5. José Mourinho – Tottenham Hotspur – €23m
The Portuguese manager had been without a job since leaving Manchester United in December of 2018 till he joined Tottenham Hotspur in November of 2019 after Mauricio Pochettino was given the boot. The Special One earns about 23m a year, €16,5m in gross wages and sponsorship deals. Compared to most of his colleagues in this list, the ex-Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United boss get substantial sums of money through sponsorships.
4. Jürgen Klopp – Liverpool FC – €24m
The German manager was unknown as a football player but became one of the best managers in the world, nevertheless. He led his club Liverpool to their first Premier League title this year and Champions League victory in 2019. The German is ranked fourth on the list of the highest paid football managers, with an annual income of €24m. Just as his colleague José Mourinho, he earns €16,5m in gross wages and has sponsorship deals.
3. Pep Guardiola – Manchester City – €27m
Guardiola is the highest paid manager in the Premier League but only the third in the world. The Catalan won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and 3 titles with Barcelona, 3 with Bayern Munich and 2 Premier League titles with Man City. Though he still has to win the Champions League with the Sky Blues, the legendary Barcelona player is well remunerated for his achievements and work at the Etihad.
2. Antonio Conte – Inter – €30m
The former Chelsea manager became the highest-paid manager in the Serie A when taking over at Internazionale last summer. The Italian manager was sacked in 2018 by Chelsea after he led the club to the Premier League title in his first season in charge. At Inter Milan, he has been reunited with his former striker and Belgian international Romelu Lukaku, finishing second in the Serie A with only 1 point less than champions Juventus.
1. Diego Simeone – Atlético Madrid – €40.5m
The manager at the top of the list of highest paid managers in the world might be a surprise to many with Diego Simeone taking top spot. The Argentine is drawing an annual salary of €40m and sponsorship deals from Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The 50-year-old took over at the Rojiblancos in 2011 and has been the Atlético Madrid manager ever since. The former River Plate manager is almost earning twice as much as his colleague Zinedine Zidane and earns more than top players such as Mbappé, Eden Hazard and Griezmann.
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