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The top 10 biggest earning managers in Europe

Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by coaches working in England, with José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola leading the way

Zidane, Rafa Benítez, Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Mourinho.

This season, the Premier League is all about the superstars standing on the sideline, as well as on the field. And that is something that is reflected in how much the managers are now earning compared to players (who have traditionally been paid more).

In fact, only five footballers in the whole of Europe earn more (if image rights, sponsorship deals and dismissal fees are included) than the two best paid coaches on the continent, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, according to rankings published in a British newspaper on Thursday.

7 of the top 10 best-paid managers work in England 

The list of top-earning managers is one that is, unsurprisingly, dominated by those working in England: six from the Premier League and one from the Championship. Mourinho (Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City),Wenger (Arsenal), Klopp (Liverpool), Conte (Chelsea), and Pochettino (Tottenham) occupy six of the top seven positions, with Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern) coming in at third overall. Benítez, who’s now in the English second tier with Newcastle, is 10th, while Zidane and Simeone make up the rest of the top ten.

The 10 best paid coaches in Europe

Coach Team Annual salary (€)* 1 Mourinho Manchester United 17,6 – Guardiola Manchester City 17,6 3 Ancelotti Bayern 10,56 4 Wenger Arsenal 9,97 5 Klopp Liverpool 8,21 6 Conte Chelsea 7,62 7 Pochettino Tottenham 6,45 8 Zidane Real Madrid 5,28 9 Simeone Atlético 5,16 10 Benítez Newcastle 4,7 *Exchange rate: 1 British pound = 1,17307 euros.

The 10 best paid players in Europe

Player Team Annual salary (€) 1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 47 2 Messi Barcelona 45,23 3 Ibrahimovic Manchester United (PSG) 26,61 4 Bale Real Madrid 21,29 5 Rooney Manchester United 17,74 6 Luis Suárez Barcelona 15,96 – Hazard Chelsea 15,96 8 Agüero Manchester City 15,08 – Yaya Touré Manchester City 15,08 – Falcao Mónaco 15,08 *Data from Forbes applied to exchange rate of 1 dollar = 0,886923 euros

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