In the football world, a fraction of the overlooked aspect are the coaches. Everyone wants to see their team in action and watch fabulous goals but this is only achieved through genius tactics and strategies, and the brains behind these are the coaches. Soccer coaches highly are respected and sometimes idolized e.g sir Alex Ferguson, due to the expertise they bring on the pitch.
It’s not a surprise that even football superstars don’t want to cross their teams coach, because of fear of being dropped and those that do, find the bench very welcoming. It is very amusing to discover that these top coaches are paid handsomely and most of them are paid more than the average player, they live comfortably and sometimes they are a bit extravagant. So, in this article, we have compiled a briefly detailed list on soccer’s best and most paid managers. Here goes!
Diego Simeone $46 million
Atletico Madrid’s current manager Diego Simone is the highest paid soccer coach. The argentine is an Atletico Madrid legend having played as a midfielder in his younger days and his current coaching term at the big club due to his achievements as a player and as a coach. Also known as El Cholo, Diego is 49 years of age and has managed a total of six teams before agreeing terms with his current club and becoming the permanent coach. He joined Atletico in 2011 and he has one La Liga title, the Copa Del Rey, two UEFA Europa leauges and other titles.
Jose Mourinho $34.7 million
The famously known for his role managerial role in F.C. Porto and for leading them to champions league glory in 2004 after winning the Primeira Liga with a 27-5-2 record the year before. The Portuguese spell at Porto and an impressive win over Manchester united made him favorites for Chelsea F.C. managerial role. Mourinho is believed to be one of the best coaches around and the ex- Manchester united man is currently out of contract and is looking forward to a return to his field of expertise.
Thierry Henry $28.6 million.
Monaco’s striker Thierry henry is a fabulous individual who brings quality both off and on the pitch. He played in Monaco during his youth career and returned during his senior career, Henry played for quite a number of prominent football teams such as Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, and Monaco. The French international returned in 2019 to coach the Ligue one team Monaco after a terrible start to the 2019 campaign, but his spell at Monaco wasn’t a very successful one spending less than a season in charge. But it did make him the third highest paid coach around.
Pep Guardiola $26.9 million.
Manchester city brains Pep Guardiola is often considered the most tactical and strategic coach in the soccer world, he is believed to be an individual who can make something from nothing. He is currently the head coach of the English team and premier league defenders Manchester city. Pep currently manages the first billion dollar euro squad, the Spanish football manager holds the record for the most consecutive wins in La Liga, Bundesliga, and the Premier league after successful coaching spells in these top leagues.
Ernesto Valverde $25.8 million
The Spaniard Valverde is the head coach of the Spanish giant Barcelona. He has managed a total number of Six Spanish teams, one Greek team “Olympiacos”. Immediately after retirement as a player Valverde began his career as a manager in his former club Atletico Bilbao which was his start to his managerial career and in may 2017 he took charge of Barcelona. He has two La Liga titles and one Copa Del Rey during his spell at barca.
Fabio Cannavaro $16.8 million.
Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian professional who currently manages Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, a professional Chinese team in the Chinese super league. Fabio has managed quite a number of Arabian and Chinese teams before taking up the managerial position at Guangzhou. In his time as a player he started his career with Serie A team Napoli before transfers to Parma, Internazionale, Juventus and Real Madrid respectively.
Massimliano Allegri $15.1 million.
Ex manager of Serie A giant, and the Italian defending champions Juventus. He is an Italian former professional football player who played as a midfielder, Allegri is a complete fan of direct football and the application of this led him to five straight Serie A title wins including other trophies. He is currently out of contract after being replaced by ex-Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri who took up his position after a spell in England.
Marcello lippi $14.6 million
Marcello Romeo Lippi is another Italian former professional footballer and the head coach of the Chinese national team. He was formerly the head coach of Italian national team and led them to glory in 2006 Fifa world cup but was relieved of his duties after a disappointing start to the 2010 Fifa world cup. He has managed a total number of twelve football teams including Serie A teams Juventus, Internazionale and Napoli. Lippi is also considered as one of the best and most successful managers of all times. Although his career is filled with appointments and disappointments, he is still another football legend and that is why the Chinese are paying a good amount of money to secure his services.
Jurgen klopp $14.6 million.
Former Borrusia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is another successful manager in the world of soccer. The German has managed a total of three football teams, having started his career in Mainz 05, to Borussia Dortmund and finally Champion league defenders the English club Liverpool. After his retirement as a defender the German went on to start his coaching career at Mainz 05 and eventually leading them to Bundesliga promotion. He then won the Bundesliga successively for two good years with Dortmund spanning the 2011 and 2012 campaign, he then proceeded to winning the champions league in 2019 after three years without a trophy in an English team.
Leonardo Jardim $14.6 million
Jose leonardo Jardim the Portuguese who is the current manager of Ligue one giants Monaco. After a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign he was laid off, but only to be re-appointed after the club’s losing streak continued. The Ligue 1 giants fired Thierry Henry after Three months in charge which was also a good deal for the French international.
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