France Football have published a list of who they purport to be the top 20 highest paid football managers in the game – the calculations are produced by taking into account the bonuses earned from the 2018/19 campaign, the gross salary earned in 2019/20 and other public streams of revenue also earned over the latter period.
1 | Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – €40.5m
The Atletico Madrid boss is on an astronomical annual salary, €22m net, €40m gross, which is topped up by a partnership with Range Rover and some real estate investments.
2 | Antonio Conte (Inter Milan) – €30m
2019 saw Conte hit the jackpot: at the end of May, he signed a contract with Inter worth €20.2m a year gross (€11m net) and in the middle of August, he received a €9.8m payout from Chelsea after a protracted dispute over severance pay finally came to an end.
3 | Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – €27m
Despite the recent UEFA announcement that will see Manchester City banned from European football for two seasons, Guardiola has remained committed to, at the very least, going to the end of his current deal until 2021. He earns €22m a year gross from City, and has been able to create another €5m worth of revenue streams through partnerships with Puma, Nissan, Dsquared and two other partners who City introduced him to.
4 | Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) – €24m
After a recent contract extension with the Reds until 2024, Klopp now earns €16.5m a year with bonuses added on in terms of wage. He also has a plethora of sponsorship deals to his name with Nivea, Phillips, VR-Bank, Deutsche Vermögensberatung, Digamore (gaming start-up) and Opel, as well as Erdinger, the German beer company.
5 | José Mourinho (Tottenham) – €23m
Since 2005 in France Football’s rankings, “Mou” has never been below 2nd place in this list, until now. With a €16.5m gross annual salary at his new club Tottenham, Mourinho has an impressive wage, but in comparison with Klopp, his sponsorship deals are bringing him less cash than the German. This, despite the impressive companies that call the Portuguese tactician a partner of theirs including: Adidas, Hublot, Paddy Power Games and Top Eleven. Mourinho also received considerable income through appearances as a pundit for Sky Sports and Russia Today, before he took the Tottenham job.
5 | Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) – €23m
Still under contract with Los Blancos for another 18 months, Zizou is earning €21m a year gross as Real Madrid boss, considerably more than Mourinho and Klopp. However, his sponsorships game is somewhat weaker, boosted in revenues only through his partnerships with Adidas.
7 | Ernesto Valverde (free agent) – €19m
Barcelona have made five coaching swaps since the departure of Pep Guardiola, Valverde being the latest victim. He will earn €17m gross as a salary in 2019/20, mixed between real wages earned and severance pay. He also received around €2m worth of bonuses.
8. Fabio Cannavaro (Guangzhou Evergrande) – €14m
Earning €12m a year with the Chinese Super League side, Cannavaro’s income is topped up by a long-term partnership with Nike and associated bonuses earned after winning the league title with Guangzhou.
9. Massimiliano Allegri (free agent) – €13.5m
Allegri is still being paid by Juventus, owing to the fact that his contract was due to expire in June. Thus, he has been received €13.5m gross before taxes over the course of the 2019/20 campaign, €7.5m net.
10. Rafael Benitez (Dalian Yifang) – €13m
Currently the best paid manager in China, Yifang are seeking league title success this season once things getting going again following the COVID-19 pandemic. Benitez’s sole major income is derived from his salary with the club.
11. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) – €12m
After being sacked by Napoli at the end of November 2019, Ancelotti signed a contract with Everton that will see him earn €12.1m a year during his first full campaign. So he will receive €6m this season from the Toffees owing to the time at which he took up the role, and he is expected to receive a series of bonuses from Napoli by June too, to take him to the €12m figure.
12. Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham United) – €10.5m
Being sacked is a lucrative business, with Pellegrini receiving €2.2m in severance pay from the Hammers on top of the €8.3m full salary that the ex-Manchester City manager is due for the 2019/20 campaign, despite not completing it in the Head Coach role with the London club, having been replaced by David Moyes.
13. Maurizio Sarri (Juventus) – €10.3m
Now on €5.5m a year net with the Old Lady, the rest of Sarri’s income will be earned in 2019/20 through severance pay from Chelsea.
14. Leonardo Jardim (free agent) – €10.2m
A €7.5m pay-off upon his sacking in December by AS Monaco, Jardim had already earned the rest of the abovementioned figure through weekly wages.
15. Vitor Pereira (Shanghai SIPG) – €10m
Another individual to benefit from the Chinese Super League’s penchant for offering managers extraordinary salaries.
16. Mauricio Pochettino (free agent) – €9.4m
Sacked by Tottenham despite taking them to a Champions’ League final last summer, Pochettino received a €5.5m payout this season, on top of the €3.9m in wages he had already earned in wages for 2019/20. Pochettino will be due another €4.4m next season from Spurs if he has not taken up a new job by then, such is how his exit agreement with the North London club has been structured.
17. Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) – €9.1m
Arriving in February 2019 following the sacking of Claude Puel, the Foxes are a genuine candidate for European football this season. He recently received a wage hike which takes his annual salary from £5.5m to £11m a year, an average of €9.15m this season.
18. Thomas Tuchel (PSG) – €8.5m
Under contract until 2021 with PSG, he earns a base salary of €7.5m, with around in €1m in bonuses.
19. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) – €8.3m
His current deal runs until 2022, on a base salary of €8.3m a year.
20. Bruno Genesio (Beijing Guoan) – €8m
Another beneficiary of the Chinese Super League life, the ex-Lyon boss pips Unai Emery (who will receive a mixture of wages & pay-offs from Arsenal worth €7.4m this season) and Nico Kovac (who will receive a mixture of wages and pay-offs from Bayern Munich worth €7.8m this season).