People often talk about the money involved in football (or soccer, whichever you feel is appropriate), and the talk is mostly about the salaries the most talented players rack up yearly or about the most expensive, sometimes downright ridiculous transfers these players make when they move to a new club. But what about the managers of the world's biggest religion? How much do they earn on a yearly basis from their respective clubs?
This list will focus on the 10 highest-paid coaches in world football, at both the club and country level. It may come as a surprise to know that some football managers are being paid as much as the highest-paid athletes in the sport. This enormous rise in the salaries of players and most notably managers over the last 10 years has been primarily due to more and more money from Russians, Sheikhs and other notable billionaires coming into European football competitions. Regardless, these managers have earned the right to making big money for building a competitive team that adheres to the passionate game-play of the beautiful game.
So, here we present the top 10 highest-paid football managers in the world in 2014.
10 Manuel Pellegrini - Manchester City - $5.78 million per year
Manuel Pellegrini attracted the attention of football clubs in Europe, mainly Real Madrid, after he led Villarreal to a third place finish in La Liga in 2004/05, a Champions League semi-final in 2005/06 and a second place finish in La Liga in 2007/08. The 60-year-old Chilean was then appointed by Real Madrid as their head coach in 2009. Under his guidance, Real amassed a total of 96 points in the La Liga, but finished second to Barcelona by 3 points. He then took over the role at Malaga in November 2010, leading them to a fourth place finish in the league and the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 Champions League, before leaving the club. On 14 June 2013, Pellegrini was appointed the manager of Manchester City on a three-year contract, paying him $5.78 million annually.
9 Jurgen Klopp - Borussia Dortmund - $5.98 million per year
Worth every penny as his exciting, fascinating and beautiful brand of football and success with bringing Borussia Dortmund out of the dark ages has made Jurgen Klopp the talk of Europe in recent years. With Klopp, Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, the DFB-Pokal in 2012 and the DFL-Supercup in 2013. The 46-year-old was named the "German Football Manager of the Year" in 2011 and 2012. He gained worldwide attention from football faithfuls after topping the group, drawn against Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax, without losing a game and beating Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2012/13 Champions League. Dortmund lost the final 2-1 to Bayern Munich. Klopp extended his contract at the club until June 2018 earlier this season. He has a yearly salary of $5.98 million.
8 Tata Martino - FC Barcelona - $7.49 million per year
Gerardo 'Tata' Martino prefers to play a very high pressing and attacking style of football. He was confirmed as the manager of Spanish giants FC Barcelona on July 22, 2013 on a two-year contract, replacing Tito Vilanova who had resigned three days earlier. His debut match at the club saw Barcelona thump Levante 7-0 on the opening weeked of the 2013/14 La Liga season. The 51-year-old led the club to a 2-1 win against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on October 26. By the end of that month, Martino was the first manager in Barcelona's history to remain unbeaten in his first 16 matches. Currently, he has a yearly salary of $7.49 million, and will be feeling the pressure to deliver trophies in his first year in charge on such a hefty salary.
7 David Moyes - Manchester United - $8.19 million per year
The new United boss is paid $8.19 million annually, and he wouldn’t have been anywhere near this figure during his time at Everton. David Moyes managed Everton from March 2002 to the end of last season. Under him, the club qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and reached the 2009 FA Cup Final. The 50-year-old was named the "LMA Manager of the Year" in 2003, 2005 and 2009. Following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Manchester United manager after 26 years in the position, Moyes was appointed his successor. He began his post as Manchester United manager on July 1, 2013, on a six-year contract. He has already led The Red Devils to the 2013 FA Community Shield, but his current poor run-of-form in the domestic league means his future at the club could hang in the balance in coming seasons.
6 Carlo Ancelotti - Real Madrid - $10.42 million per year
$10.42 million per year is the price Real Madrid paying Carlo Ancelotti to dethrone Barcelona from the top of the Spanish table. The 54-year-old Italian was highly successful during his stint at Milan, helping the club win the Serie A title in 2003/04, the Coppa Italia in 2002/03, the Champions League in 2002/03 and 2006/07, the UEFA Super Cup in 2003 and 2007 and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2007. Ancelotti was then brought in at Chelsea on June 1, 2009. He helped Chelsea win the Premier League and FA Cup in 2009/10, before being appointed as the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain on December 30, 2011. The 2012/13 season was Ancelotti's first full season at the club, and he helped PSG win the French Ligue 1. He became the manager of Real Madrid, as the replacement for Jose Mourinho on June 25, 2013, signing a three-year deal.
5 Fabio Capello - Russia - $10.84 million per year
4 Arsene Wenger - Arsenal - $11.47 million per year
Since his appointment as the head coach of Arsenal on October 1, 1996, Arsene Wenger has helped the club in every way, shaping the team and its finances into the Arsenal team of today. He led Arsenal to three Premier League titles (1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04), four FA Cups (1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05) and four FA Community Shields (1998, 1999, 2002, 2004). Under him, Arsenal made history by winning the Premier League without a single defeat in the 2003/04 season. Wenger was named the "Premier League Manager of the Season" in 1998, 2002 and 2004 and the "French Manager of the Year" in 2008. He has just seen his contract renegotiated and a significant jump in salary has come with it; the 64-year-old Frenchman now earns $11.47 million per year.
3 Marcello Lippi - Guangzhou - $13.88 million per year
Marcello Lippi was the World Cup winning manager with the Italian national team back in 2006. As a manager he won five Serie A titles, one UEFA Champions League and one European Supercup, all with Juventus. The 65-year-old was appointed the manager of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on May 17, 2012, on a two-and-a half year deal worth €30 million, paying him $13.88 annually. Under him, Guangzhou won the Chinese Super League in 2012 and 2013, the Chinese FA Cup in 2012 and the 2013 AFC Champions League. Lippi is the first and to date only coach to win both the UEFA Champions League and the AFC Champions League.
2 Jose Mourinho - Chelsea - $13.93 million per year
1 Pep Guardiola - Bayern Munich - $24.63 million per year
Pep Guardiola was the mastermind behind Barcelona's notorious tiki-taka system that helped the club win three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. He was appointed as the head coach of Bayern Munich on January 16, 2013, replacing Jupp Heynckes. The 43-year-old Spanyard had already won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern Munich in 2013, and his team is on the brink of winning another Bundesliga and Champions League this year. Guardiola has developed a wonderful managerial career that surpasses his already successful playing days as a member of Johan Cruyff's 'dream team' in the 1990s. He is currently the highest-paid football manager in the world, with a yearly salary of $24.63 million, which is more than that of Lionel Messi.