Coaches are the backbone of any football team, and some of the most influential and successful coaches in history have made a fortune due to their impressive records and leadership. Here we look at the top ten highest-paid football coaches of all time.
1. Pep Guardiola – Manchester City
Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, is the highest-paid football coach of all time. He earned a staggering £20 million per year while managing Manchester City, making him the most financially successful coach in the world. Guardiola has achieved immense success in his career, having won the Champions League twice with Barcelona, and the Bundesliga three times with Bayern Munich. His tactical brilliance and passion for the game have made him one of the greatest coaches of all time.
2. José Mourinho – Tottenham Hotspur
José Mourinho is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the game, having won multiple league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan. The Portuguese coach is currently at the helm of Tottenham Hotspur and earns a salary of £15 million per year. Despite his recent struggles in the Premier League, Mourinho has shown his managerial excellence in the past and is still one of the most sought after coaches in the world.
3. Carlo Ancelotti – Everton
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most experienced coaches in football, having managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe such as Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain. He is currently the manager of Everton, where he earns a salary of £11 million per year. Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times and is highly respected by players and other managers alike.
4. Diego Simeone – Atlético Madrid
Diego Simeone has been the manager of Atlético Madrid since 2011 and is one of the most successful coaches in Europe. The Argentine has won the La Liga title and two Europa League titles with the Spanish club, earning him a salary of £10 million per year. Simeone has also been credited with revolutionizing the way Atlético Madrid play, leading them to consistent success over the last decade.
5. Jürgen Klopp – Liverpool
Jürgen Klopp is one of the most popular coaches in the world and has transformed Liverpool into one of the best teams in Europe. The German coach is highly regarded for his intense and attacking style of play, and has won the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds. Klopp earns a salary of £9 million per year and is currently one of the highest-paid coaches in the world.
6. Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane is one of the greatest players in history and is currently the manager of Real Madrid. He has won the Champions League three times with the Spanish giants, and his tactical nous and passion for the game have made him one of the most successful coaches in recent years. Zidane earns a salary of £7 million per year and is one of the highest-paid coaches in the world.
7. Antonio Conte – Inter Milan
Antonio Conte has had a successful managerial career, having won the Premier League with Chelsea and the Serie A with Juventus and Inter Milan. The Italian coach is currently at the helm of the latter and earns a salary of £6 million per year. Conte is highly respected for his tactical acumen and is known for getting the best out of his players.
8. Arsène Wenger – FIFA
Arsène Wenger is one of the most successful managers in the history of the game, having won the Premier League three times with Arsenal. The Frenchman is currently the Chief of Global Football Development at FIFA and earns a salary of £5 million per year. Wenger is highly respected for his forward-thinking approach to the game and is often credited with revolutionizing English football.
9. Luis Enrique – Spain
Luis Enrique is the current manager of the Spanish national team and is one of the most respected coaches in the world. The former Barcelona coach won the Champions League with the Catalan giants in 2015 and has also won the La Liga title twice. Enrique earns a salary of £4 million per year and is one of the highest-paid coaches in Europe.
10. Maurizio Sarri – Juventus
Maurizio Sarri is the current manager of Juventus and is one of the most experienced coaches in Europe. The Italian has won the Premier League with Chelsea and has also won the Serie A title with Napoli. Sarri earns a salary of £3 million per year and is one of the highest-paid coaches in Italy.