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There’s an awful lot of money that gets pumped into soccer players and their respective clubs. But have you ever stopped to think about what portion of this cash is actually distributed to the man behind the magic? Of course, we are referring to the manager here. Not many of us stop to question such details, which is why we thought it would be fun to look into the highest paid soccer coaches right now. Sure, there are many coaches around the globe that have terrific reputations, but reputations don't put cash in the bank. Instead, we will focus on the facts and figures of what these coaches are really earning, and it’s all available for you right here.
The top five highest paid soccer coaches of 2021
They need to come up with tactics, pick the best players, motivate the guys week in and week out, and deal with many other things that go on behind the scenes. Therefore, we believe that the coaches should receive a fair chunk of cash for what they contribute to the clubs. Just how much, exactly? Well, we will let the figures below speak for themselves.
Diego Simeone was an absolute demon on the pitch, and he is a demon as a manager too – in a good way. He is one of the most passionate managers in the game, and he can often be seen screaming at his players from the touchline, not to mention his unusual body language at times. He is currently the manager of Atletico Madrid, in the Spanish La Liga, and we hope you are sitting down for this one. Currently, the man brings home more than $50 million in salary per year, making him not only the highest paid of all soccer coaches right now, but it makes him the highest paid sports coach of all time. This really is incredible, and perhaps most interestingly, this salary means he is earning twice as much as some of the players on his roster.
2. Pep Guardiola
Guardiola is one of the best soccer managers there has ever been, period. This man has had so much success throughout his career that any manager would be jealous, as seen with his performances with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and most recently, Manchester City. Fair to say, Pep knows a thing or two about what it takes to do great things in soccer, but does his salary reflect this? Well, he’s currently number two on our list, but his salary is nowhere near the heights of Simeone’s. According to recent reports, Guardiola pulls in around $26 million per year, which is just over 50% of the salary of Siemona – just to highlight how far ahead the Argentine is. Despite this, we are sure that Guardiola still sleeps quite well at night knowing what trophies are sitting in his cabinet, regardless of his ever-increasing bank balance.
3. Jurgen Klopp
The rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has evolved to become the stuff of legend. Since Klopp took over the reins at Liverpool, he has become a true legend of the club, winning both the Champions League and Premier League during his time there. Not only is he an awesome manager, but he is also one of the most charismatic too, which makes him incredibly popular with both Liverpool fans and non-Liverpool fans alike. As for the compensation he receives for keeping Liverpool at the very top of the game, well, it’s still pretty impressive. The cool $21 million (approx) that Klopp brings in each year makes him third on our list of the highest paid soccer coaches in the world.
Does this make him somewhat bitter to be behind Pep Guardiola in terms of the cash he earns? We highly doubt it. But then again, both managers are as passionate as they come, so money is probably not the main priority when it comes to their job satisfaction.
4. Fabio Cannavaro
Cannavaro is the current manager of Guangzhou Evergrande, a team that is storming through the Chinese Super League under his guidance. During his playing career, Cannavaro played for some of the top teams in the world, including Juventus and Real Madrid. But since his retirement from professional soccer in 2011, he has looked to assert himself as a skillful manager. To his credit, he most certainly has, even if he has needed to move to China to display what he is capable of. Currently, the seasoned Italian is killing it in the Chinese Super League, and he has even enjoyed a very brief spell as the international coach of the Chinese team. But coming back to his salary, it is rather impressive indeed.
Not a whole lot of public information is supplied regarding his salary, but if the rumors are true, Cannavaro is pulling in just over $16.5 million per year. We can probably all agree, this is rather respectable, and Cannavaro will no doubt ride things out in China for as long as he receives this money.
5. Massimiliano Allegri
Last but not least, we have Allegri who just scrapes onto our list of the highest paid soccer coaches right now. This man coached Juventus from 2014-2019, and it would be fair to say that he enjoyed substantial success with them. However, following a few failed attempts at winning the Champions League with Ronaldo at his disposal, he was given the boot. But now, Allegri is coming back with a vengeance, as he will attempt to win the Champions League yet again. He is actually on a four-year deal with Juventus, which was made public knowledge in May of 2021. As for the money he’s bringing in, it is reported that Allegri will be paid just under $11 million per year – although this has substantial wiggle room to be increased if he can reverse the subpar season that Juventus had for 2020/2021.