Gone are the days when football managers earned a (relative) pittance compared to the players that they coached. These days football managers are superstars in their own right and earn vast amounts, not only from their basic salaries, but also from lucrative sponsorship tie ups as well. However, in this article we are going to look purely at the wages that the managers receive from their clubs. So, without further ado, here are the ten highest paid football managers in the world in 2021.
Ten highest paid football managers in the world
10th. Hansi Flick – Bayern Munich – €8m
Despite guiding Bayern Munich to the continental treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and the DFP-Pokal for just the second time in their history, Hansi Flick only just scrapes into our list of the highest paid football managers in the world.
The 56-year-old German has transformed Bayern into arguably the best football team in the world at the moment, as they demonstrated when ruthlessly sweeping all before them to win the Champions League in 2020/21. It isn’t completely out of the question that they could repeat the feat again this year and, if so, it surely won’t be long until Bayern tie Flick down to a new and much more lucrative deal. He could create a dynasty.
9th. Carlo Ancolotti – Everton – €8m
Of course Flick would need to win the Champions League twice more to draw level with the man above him on the list. Carlo Ancelotti has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt and, after winning almost everything the club game has to offer, he is now trying to reestablish Everton among the elite sides in English football.
Having signed a bumper €8m per season deal in December 2019, Ancelotti has undeniably improved Everton’s fortunes since then and his reputation has allowed him to recruit big name players like James Rodriguez as well as turning Dominic Calvert-Lewin into one of the Premier League’s best strikers since he joined the club. He will be hoping that Everton can overtake their city rivals Liverpool, managed by the next man on the list.
8th. Jürgen Klopp – Liverpool FC – €10.5m
The German manager was unknown as a football player but that hasn’t prevented him becoming one of the best football managers in the world. Having led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in addition to a Champions League victory in 2019, Klopp is already a Liverpool icon and has created a side who are among the greatest Premier League teams of all time.
The German is currently the eighth highest paid football manager in the world, with an annual wage of €10.5m. However, as with other entries on the list, that does not account for sponsorship deals which bump it up further.
7th. Antonio Conte – Inter – €11m
The former Chelsea manager became the highest-paid manager in the Serie A when taking over at Internazionale last summer. Conte was sacked by Chelsea in 2018 after leading 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. After finishing second in the Serie A last season, just a point behind Juventus, Inter are leading the way this term amid challenges from Juve and their great rivals AC Milan.
6th. Mauricio Pochettino – PSG – €11.3m
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino has got off to a fantastic start to life at PSG where he earns €11.3m a season, putting him sixth on our list of the highest paid football managers in the world.
Although it was widely expected that the Argentinian would end up back in the Premier League after his sabbatical from the game, it was PSG who eventually landed him and they have been handsomely rewarded so far.
5th. Zinédine Zidane – Real Madrid – €12m
Zinedine Zidane is one of the most successful football players and football managers in the world. The 1998 World Cup winner has, so far, 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. At €12m per year he is fifth on our list of the highest paid football managers in the world.
4th. Fabio Cannavaro – Guangzhou Evergrande – €12m
Fabio Cannavaro is the highest-paid manager in Chinese Super League and fourth 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 12m annually.
3rd. Diego Simeone – Atlético Madrid – €15m
Third on the list of the highest paid football managers in the world is Diego Simeone. The Argentine draws an annual salary of €15m plus 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 coach earns around 25% more than Zinedine Zidane but it seems to be money well spent, with Atletico on course to win the La Liga title this season.
2nd. José Mourinho – Tottenham Hotspur – €17.5m
The Portuguese manager was without a job after leaving Manchester United in December 2018, until he joined Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019 when Mauricio Pochettino was given the boot. The Special One earns about €16,5m in gross wages plus numerous 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.
1st. Pep Guardiola – Manchester City – €23m
After recently signing a bumper new deal with the club, Guardiola is the highest paid manager 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. Already one of the greatest Premier League managers of all time, Guardiola is a worthy but unsurprising top entry on our list of the highest paid football managers in the world.
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