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15 Highest Paid Football Managers in the World 2021

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Elite managers are handsomely remunerated for their services in contemporary football. The likes of Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp occupy the top spots of best paid managers lists, thanks to their experience and impressive track record.

So how much are football managers paid?

15. Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) – £5 Million Per Year

Brendan Rodgers committed to a five-year contract extension with Leicester City in 2019.  His £5 million per year salary makes him one of  the highest paid football managers.

14. Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid) – £5 Million Per Year

Ancelotti made a surprise return to Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane exited his position as manager. The 61-year-old signed a three-year contract with the Spanish club, while also settling for half of what he was earning at Everton.

13. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) – £5 Million Per Year 

Arteta is currently working under his first Gunners contract, initially signing a three-and-a-half-year deal which takes him up to the summer of 2023.

12. Hans Flick (German National Team) – £5.5 Million Per Year

Hans Flick left his position as Bayern Munich head coach after requesting termination of his contract at the end of 2020/21 season. He cited disagreements with Bayern's senior leadership as the main reason.

After 2 successful seasons at Allianz Arena he was appointed as the head coach of Germany national team, replacing Joachim Low who had held the position for 14 years.

11. Maurico Pochetino (PSG) – £5.6 Million Per Year

Pochettino joined PSG in January and penned a deal until June 2022. His contract with the French giants now runs until June 2023 after agreeing toa one-year extension.

10. Ronald Koeman (FC Barcelona) – £6 Million Per Year

Ronald Koeman current contract at FC Barcelona expires in the summer of 2022. The Dutch took over in 2020 after the dismissal of Quique Setien.

9. Julian Nagelsmann (Bayern Munich) – £6.8 Million Per Year

Bayern Munich appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach at the end of 2020/21 season following the departure of Hans Flick. Nagelsmann established himself as a top manger during his spell at RB Leipzig and Mainz.

Bayern had to pay Leipzig £22 million to acquire the services of the 34 year old, making it the most expensive manager transfer. 

8. Rafael Benitez (Everton) – £7 Million Per Year

Benitez was appointed Everton manger after his predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, left for Real
Madrid. He agreed to a 3 year contract where he will be paid £7 million per year, which is half what Ancelotti was earning.
 

7. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) – £7.5 Million Per Year

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was initially appointed Manchester United manger in 2018 on interim basis after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

After impressive performances, he was given the role on a permanent basis in March 2019 and penned a three-year deal.

With his deal expiring in 2022, he was rewarded with an extension until 2025.

6. Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) – £7.6 Million Per Year

Massimiliano Allegri

After a 2 seasons hiatus, Massimiliano Allegri came back to management at Juventus signing a four year contract worth £7.6 million annually.

5. Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) – £8 Million Per Year

Bielsa took over Leeds ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and completely transformed the club’s fortunes on the pitch, creating a unique and relentless attacking philosophy.

In his second season, Leeds went on to win Sky Bet Championship resulting to Premier league promotion.

He recently extended his contract at Elland road by a year.

4. Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea) – £10 Million Per Year

Tuchel was rewarded with a contract extension until 2024 after guiding Chelsea to Champions League triumph, barely 5 months after joining them. In his previous deal, he had a net salary of £7 million per year.

3. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – £15 Million Per Year

Klopp signed a five year contract extension with Liverpool in 2019 that would see his salary double.

The German spent seven years at the helm of Mainz before repeating that length of tenure with Borussia Dortmund, but his stint at Anfield would total over eight-and-a-half years  

2. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – £20 Million Per Year

Guardiola has been Manchester city manager for more than 5 years now, having joined them in 2016. Under his tutelage, city have won Premier league twice and are pushing for the elusive Champions league trophy win.

1. Diego Simeone (Diego Simeone) – £22 Million Per Year

Simeone has been Atletico Madrid's manager for close to a decade, helping them to 8 titles the most for any manager in the clubs history.

He recently extended his contract by two years, until 2024. But he was forced to agree to a lower salary due to financial constraints posed by the pandemic.

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