A football match is not just won on the pitch. The match is won through meticulous tactical planning in the boardroom and managers are given the responsibilities to carve a game winning formation. So, how well are they paid to win games? Here, we inspect the handful number of them who’ve accumulated a large fortune because of their managerial prowess. The Top richest managers in this list have a combined net worth of $375 million.
Carlo Ancelotti – $43 million:
Carlo Ancelotti is renowned for his eyebrows and his managerial exploits. The tactical genius has a net worth of $43 million and he has managed several big clubs over the years. He has been at the helm at Reggina, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.
A few years ago led Real Madrid to their 10th Champions league trophy, a trophy that had eluded them since 2002. He’s a retired footballer and Italian football manager. He is currently managing Bayern Munich. Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan, and one victory with Real Madrid). He is also the first manager to have won the FIFA Club World Cup for the European clubs. Ancelotti is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.
Pep Guardiola – $42 million:
Pep Guardiola is a Spanish professional football coach and former player who is the current manager of Manchester City.
He has a net worth of $42 million and he is mostly known for preaching the tiki taka brand of football. He is also credited to have made Messi the footballer he is today. His managerial career at Barcelona brought him unprecedented success. He won 3 La Liga titles and 2 Champions League titles at the club. He was a former manager of another European powerhouse, Bayern Munich. The man reportedly commands a salary of $24.63 million annually. As a manager, Guardiola, won 14 trophies in the first four years of his managing career. He is one of the most successful managers in the world and considered by a number of players, managers and commentators to be one of the best managers in the world
Arsene Wenger – $39 million:
Arsene Wenger has a fortune amounting to $39 million and he has been at Arsenal forever. He will be forever immortalized for formulating a team that won the Premier League without a single defeat. His team achieved the unbelievable feat in the 2003/2004 season.
Currently, he earns around $11.47 million in a year. He is a French football manager and former player. He has been the manager of Arsenal since October 1996, where he has since become the club’s longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won. Football pundits give Wenger credit for his contribution to the revolution of football in England in the late 1990s through the introduction of changes in the training and diet of players.
Marcello Lippi – $30.2 million:
The Italian has a net worth of $30.2 million. He had a decent career as a football player before taking the managerial route. Marcello Lippi’s defining and glorious moment came when he guided Italy to their 4th World Cup victory. Besides the World Cup, he has also wrapped his arms around 5 Serie A titles, 1 Champions League and 1 European Supercup. The man currently earns around $13.88 million annually for his services at Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.
Jose Mourinho – $22 million:
Self-proclaimed ‘The Special One,’ Jose Mourinho has a net worth of $22 million. The media favourite has tasted immense success at club level. He has had successful stints at FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. The man has won 2 Champions League trophies, 2 Premier league titles, 1 Serie A title and 1 La Liga. At the moment, Jose Mourinho manages Manchester United and they pay him $13.93 million annually for his services. Jose is widely regarded as one of the best modern day managers and in just over a decade in top flight football he has won so many titles with some top clubs in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. No manager can come close to what he has achieved in relatively short span of time for a manager’s career.
While in his second stint with Chelsea, Mourinho was second highest paid manager in the world with yearly salary of around £12 million behind Pep Guardiola’s £14.8m million deal with Bayern. He was top of the highest paid manager list while he managed Real Madrid back in 2010 to 2013 with his $16.50 million a year deal. Unlike other manager, Jose Mourinho is a very marketable personality as his number of high profile endorsement deals suggest. Endorsement deals with top companies like Jaguar, BT Sports, Hublot, Yahoo, Gillette and Lipton earn him around $3 to $5 million a year.
Luiz Felipe Scolari – $20 million:
Luiz Felipe Scolari has a net worth of $20 million. After Brazil’s humiliating loss in the hands of Germany at the 2014 World Cup semi-final, there have been immense pressures from all fronts for him to stand down. People shouldn’t forget that the able manager helped Brazil win its 5th World Cup title in 2002. Now the Brazilian is coaching in the Chinese Super League and has been an instant success with Guangzhou Evergrande, winning the title and Asian Champions League in his first season.
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