The highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues are compiled with the aid of numerous reports especially before the 2020-2021 season on football managers who signed new deals between 2019 and 2021.
All the football managers that are featured on this list are still actively managing football clubs and they made the list based on their yearly take-home.
As we all know, the game of football especially in Europe is seen as one of the biggest money-spinning ventures one can ever imagine. Both footballers and clubs’ managers are well paid but some are better paid than others. That makes it easier to come up with the list of highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Below is the list of highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues
- Hansi Flick – Bayern Munich – €8m
Hansi Flick joined Bayern Munich on November 3, 2019, when the club was on the verge of losing momentum during the 2019-2020 season. The 56-year-old German tactician found a way to stabilize things at the club and went on to win treble for Bayern.
Based on his current contract with Bayern Munich which is expected to expire on June 30, 2023, Hansi Flick earns €8 million per year.
- Carlo Ancelotti – Everton – €8m
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most traveled football managers in the world. Despite coaching Everton, he earns €8million per year which earned him a place on the list of highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
The 61-year-old Italian manager was appointed as Everton’s coach on December 22, 2019, and his contract with the club is expected to expire on June 30, 2024.
- Mauricio Pochettino – PSG – €11.3m
Mauricio Pochettino got one of his biggest jobs as a football manager when he was appointed as the manager of Paris Saint Germain on January 2, 2021.
His deal with the French club reportedly earns the 49-year-old Argentine tactician €11.3 million per year.
- Fabio Cannavaro – Guangzhou Evergrande – €12m
Fabio Cannavaro is the only European coach on this list that is not managing a European club. The 47-year-old Italian tactician is currently coaching Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Since he has been appointed on November 9, 2017, the former Italy international has been earning €12 million per year. His current contract with the club will expire on November 30, 2022.
- Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) – €23m
Zinedine Zidane has enjoyed two spells at Real Madrid but his second spell which started on March 11, 2019, is earning him a whopping €23 million per year.
The current contract of the 48-year-old French tactician with Real Madrid will expire on June 30, 2022.
- Jose Mourinho (Tottenham) – €23m
Jose Mourinho is one of the most traveled football managers in the world and his pedigree in the game always makes him a high earner.
The 58-year-old Portuguese tactician who joined Tottenham Hotspur on November 20, 2019, currently earns €23 million per year. His current contract with the Premier League side is expected to expire on June 30, 2023.
- Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – €24m
Jurgen Klopp is 4th on the list of highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues. The 53-year-old German tactician is earning €24 million per year as the manager of Liverpool football club.
The German tactician who has been the manager of the Premier League club since October 8, 2015, is expected to remain at the club until June 30, 2024.
- Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – €27m
Pep Guardiola is arguably the most successful coach in the modern history of the game which makes him a top earner anywhere he goes. He is 3rd on the list of the highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
The 50-year-old Spanish tactician who has been coaching Manchester City since July 1, 2016, is earning €27 million per year at the Premier League club. His current contract will expire on June 30, 2023.
- Antonio Conte (Inter) – €30m
Antonio Conte is second on the list of highest-paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues. The 51-year-old Italian tactician has been the manager of Inter Milan since May 31, 2019.
The Italian coach reportedly earns €30 million per year based on his current contract with Inter. The contract will expire on June 30, 2022.
- Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – €40.5m
Diego Simeone is the highest-paid football manager in the world. The 50-year-old Argentine coach currently earns €40.5 million per year at Atletico Madrid.
He has been the coach of the Spanish club since January 1, 2012, and his current contract with the club will expire on June 30, 2022.