The highest-paid football managers’ list has become quite a prestigious and interesting one in 2020. Clubs not only look to spend money on players but on some quality coaches. With the competition greater than ever, it’s imperative to have a coach ready to steer the ship.
Managers are arguably the most important member of any team as it’s their job to coach the players in training and pick the line-ups. They’re also directly responsible for results, good or bad.
Many teams, therefore, have gone out of their way to tempt the best managers in the world. It’s forced their current clubs to offer lucrative contract extensions to ward off interest.
Top 10 Highest-Paid Football Managers in the World (2021)
These are the highest-paid football managers in the world (2021), according to Marca:
Salary: €12m per year
The last defender to win the Ballon d’Or was Fabio Cannavaro. The former Real Madrid star was a brilliant player during his career and famously led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006.
Nowadays, Cannavaro coaches Guangzhou Evergrande in China on a lucrative salary of €12m. Although it’s surely only a matter of time before the two-time La Liga winner returns to coach a European club.
Fabio Cannavaro is one of the highest-paid football managers in the world, currently earning €1m per month and €12m per year.
9. Thomas Tuchel
Salary: €12m per year
The former Borussia Dortmund boss allegedly accepted a 50% pay rise in his new PSG contract last season. This came as a bit of a surprise for everyone considering that Tuchel’s debut campaign hadn’t been a great success.
While he delivered Ligue 1 glory, that late-season slump in form was an eyesore for PSG supporters. It cost them in the French Cup final against Rennes in embarrassing fashion.
Manchester United’s miracle comeback also eliminated PSG from the Champions League last-16 stage. Still, Tuchel remains in charge and things are going well in Paris so far.
Thomas Tuchel is one of the highest-paid football managers in the world, currently earning €1m per month and €12m per year.
8. Carlo Ancelotti
Salary: €13.4m per year
Seeing Ancelotti in the Everton dugout still takes some getting used to.
The man has won everything in football with AC Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Following a failed stint at Napoli, however, Ancelotti has taken on a new challenge at Goodison Park. He’s recorded three wins, two defeats and a draw in his opening six games.
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the highest-paid football managers in the world, currently earning €1.1m per month and €13.4m per year.
7. Rafael Benitez
Salary: €15m per year
Just two days after officially leaving Newcastle United, Benitez signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of Dalian Yifang last summer.
For someone of a CV like Benitez’s, however, heading to China caught many by surprise. The Spaniard’s previously coached the likes Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
After enduring a few difficult years at Newcastle, though, Benitez accepted a big-money offer to coach in China.
Rafael Benitez is the seventh highest-paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.25m per month and €15m per year.
6. Antonio Conte
Salary: €16.56m per year
The Italian has taken on the biggest challenge of all in the Serie A – ending Juventus’ dominance. Ironically, it was Conte who started it all in 2011/12.
But the ex-Bianconeri coach is back in Italy leading Inter Milan’s charge for a first league title since 2010. And things, so far, have gotten off to a promising start at the San Siro.
Antonio Conte is the sixth highest-paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.38m per month and €16.5m per year.
5. Zinedine Zidane
Salary: €16.8m per year
The Frenchman pocketed a big pay rise when he returned to Real Madrid in March 2019.
Los Blancos direly needed his services once again after crashing out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey in humiliating fashion. Therefore, they didn’t hesitate in offering Zidane a more lucrative deal.
And while things got off to a shaky start, Zidane has seemingly worked his magic in Madrid once again. The Spanish giants are back challenging for a La Liga title this season and recently won the Super Cup.
Zinedine Zidane is the fifth highest-paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.4m per month and €16.8m per year.
4. Jurgen Klopp
Salary: €17.52m per year
It’s almost a crime seeing Klopp down in 10th place in this highest-paid manager’s list. The German has performed miracles at Liverpool by leading the club to Champions League glory last June. He’s also on the verge of winning their first league title in 30 years this season.
The sky is the limit for Klopp at the moment, with Liverpool still unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
Jurgen Klopp is the fourth highest-paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.46m per month and €17.52m per year.
3. Jose Mourinho
Salary: €17.52m per year
Almost a year after leaving Manchester United, Mourinho returned to management last November at Tottenham.
The Portuguese accepted a contract until 2023 with an annual salary of €17.5m. Therefore, he immediately became one of the world’s highest-paid managers and must now deliver.
With Harry Kane out injured, however, Mourinho’s task in north London will be anything but easy. How the Special One does at Spurs will probably be one of the biggest talking points of 2020.
Jose Mourinho is the third highest-paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.46m per month and €17.52m per year.
2. Pep Guardiola
Salary: €23.28m per year
Seeing Pep top of this highest-paid managers list for 2020 will come as no great surprise to a lot of fans.
The Catalan has gone from a youth coach at Barcelona’s La Masia academy to one of the greatest managers in 10 years. It’s one hell of an achievement.
Guardiola is now working his magic touch at Manchester City after enjoying some trophy-laden spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Back-to-back Premier League titles and a domestic treble last season prove that he’s earned his money in Manchester.
Pep Guardiola is the second-highest paid football manager in the world, currently earning €1.94m per month and €23.28m per year.
1. Diego Simeone
Salary: €43.56m per annum
The Argentine’s spot among the highest-paid football managers in the world is well deserved.
Simeone’s unique style defensive and counter-attacking football have worked wonders for Atletico Madrid. It’s won them a La Liga and two Europa League titles.
What’s more impressive, though, is the way Atletico consistently challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid each season. So overall, it’s a job well done for Cholo.
Diego Simeone is the highest-paid football manager in the world, earning €3.6m per month and €43.56m per annum.