The 10 Highest Paid Football Coaches In The World

Who are the highest-paid soccer coaches in the world? Salaries of football coaches have increased exponentially in recent years the more we have more coaches and more football lovers. The technicality of these coaches has also increased as they are into courses to elevate them in their individual clubs with more tactics, this has made them one of the best in the world.

Since the irruption of José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, the salaries of the ‘technical director’ have gained greater media and economic prominence.

9jatoday has compiled an updated list of the top 10 highest-paid football coaches in the world stating the amount they earn and their managerial careers.


10. Carlo Ancelotti

  • Carlo Ancelotti Salary: 12.6 million euros gross per year.
Carlo Ancelotti

The good thing about Carlo Ancelotti was signed relatively recently by Everton after being stopped. The former coach of Real Madrid hopes to get the Liverpool team into European positions despite the great competition.

His long career as a coach has led him to lead great teams such as AC Milan, PSG, and Real Madrid itself. His technical skills have placed him on the list of the top ten highest-paid football coaches in the world.

9. Rafa Benitez

  • Rafa Benitez Salary: 12.94 million euros gross per year.
Rafa Benitez - Highest paid football coaches in the world

Another ex-Madrid coach on the list of the highest-paid football managers in the world. Rafa Benítez is directing Dalian Aerbin of the Chinese Super League after closing his time as a coach at Newcastle in the Premier League. 

The strong investment by Chinese teams makes it possible for us to see top-level players and coaches in their league despite the latest rules that limited the Financial Fair Play of the country’s clubs.

His good performances at Valencia CF and Liverpool have led him to be one of the best-paid coaches of the moment.

8. Massimiliano Allegri

  • Massimiliano Allegri Salary : 13.49 million euros gross per year.
Massimiliano Allegri - One of the highest paid football coaches in the world

Massimiliano Allegri, a former Juventus coach, occupies a privileged position on this list of the highest-paid coaches in the world today. Despite his dismissal, he had one of the highest salaries and it is rumored that he already has a new team approved in the Premier League.

His successor, Mauricio Sarri, receives significantly lower but not negligible emoluments: 7 million euros gross per year.

7. Fabio Cannavaro

  • Fabio Cannavaro Salary: 13.93 million euros gross per year.
Fabio Cannavaro

The former Ballon d’Or and world champion with the Italian National Team have gone to the Chinese Super League as a Guangzhou Evergreen coach. 

The ex-football player has started his coaching career in one of the most exotic and fashionable leagues of the moment. Fabio Cannavaro is the highest paid in his league and it is possible that we will see him in the short term back in Europe in a more competitive environment.

6. Antonio Conte

  • Antonio Conte Salary: 16.56 million euros gross per year.
Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte slips into a privileged position after signing his contract with Inter Milan. The owners of the Milanese team are aware that if they want to be a reference in Italy and Europe again, they must have one of the best coaches in the world. That has led the Italian coach to be one of the highest-paid on the planet, behind only five top coaches.

The additions of the last season suggest that the project is serious and that it aspires to compete face to face with the ‘Vecchia Signora’, although at the moment they are still one step below.

5. Zinedine Zidane

  • Zinedine Zidane’s Salary: 16.8 million euros gross per year.
Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, the coach turns almost everything he touches into gold (titles). The French coach has become one of the highest-paid coaches in the world after signing his return to the white team.

Florentino Pérez was clear that the only one who could return Real Madrid to the path of victory was the French coach, and for this, he offered him a star contract. In the current season, he has managed to win the La Liga title, breaking the good streak of culé in recent years.

Despite his high profile, in the white squad, there are players with a higher salary such as Gareth Bale or Eden Hazard.

4. José Mourinho

  • Jose Mourinho’s Salary: 17.52 million euros gross per year.
Jose Mourinho

‘The Special One’ is one of the best trainers in the world. After managing one of the best teams in history (Inter Milan 2009-10) he has gone through Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and now Tottenham.

The dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino made the leaders ‘spurs’ opt for José Mourinho to relaunch his project and return to compete both in the Premier League and in Europe.

After finishing the 2019/2020 season out of European positions, they are expected to put together a good team to fight for the title next year.

3. Jürgen Klopp

  • Jurgen Klopp’s Salary: 17.52 million euros gross per year.
Jurgen Klopp - Highest paid football coaches in the world

The German coach is possibly the most fashionable coach and the 3rd highest-paid coach in the world. After winning the Champions League in the 2018-19 season, he has managed to snatch the hegemony in the Premier League from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. 

He has been proclaimed champion of the English league with a lot of advantages over the ‘citizens’.

The only blemish on Jürgen Klopp’s record is the defeat he suffered in the knockout stages of the Champions League at Anfield (voted the best stadium in the world) against Atlético Madrid.

2. Pep Guardiola

  • Pep Guardiola’s Salary: 23.28 million euros gross per year.
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola would enter the list of the best coaches in the world almost any football fan. The Catalan coach has implemented his own style since his beginnings at FC Barcelona where he achieved a historic ‘sextet’ and fell in love with his game.

At Manchester City, he has managed to win two consecutive league titles, although this season he has been far from being able to chain a new one. The title of European champion is still pending with another team that is not Barça.

1. Diego Pablo Simeone

  • Diego Pablo Simeone’s Salary: 43.2 million euros gross per year.
Diego Pablo Simeone - highest paid football coach in the world

Diego Simeone is the highest-paid coach in the world ahead of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. The Atlético Madrid coach has asserted his quality as a coach after the elimination of Liverpool from the Champions League.

The return leg at Anfield clearly highlighted the importance of having one of the best coaches in the world. It remains to be seen if the Argentine remains linked to Atlético Madrid or seeks new challenges away from the Metropolitan.

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FAQ: Data of interest

✓ Who is the coach who has won the most titles?

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful coach in the history of football. He has accumulated a total of 49 titles distributed between his stages at Aberdeen and Manchester United. A figure that, for now, seems unattainable for any other active coach.

✓ Salaries of other top-level technicians

Quique Setién – 6 million euros gross per year. Ole Gunnar Solskjær – € 8.3 million gross per year.