The 12 highest-paid managers in world football: Guardiola, Klopp, Xavi…

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag are not among the best-paid managers in world football, according to a surprising new report.

The best-paid managers in the world are unsurprisingly at some of Europe’s most glamorous clubs, with the head coaches of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid featuring at the top end.

Diego Simeone might not be at the biggest club in the world, but he earns a higher salary at Atletico Madrid than any coach at any other club. Simeone is the longest-serving coach in Europe’s major leagues and has been well-remunerated for the transformative effect he’s had at the club since 2011.

The Argentinian won the La Liga title as a player in 1996 and has been immensely successful on his return. As coach he’s led Atletico to two La Liga titles and two Champions League finals, while qualifying the club for Europe’s most prestigious cup competition in every one of his full seasons at the helm.

That impact has been recognised by the Atletico hierarchy and he’s remained the best-paid coach in football over the past few years. Simeone earns a whopping €34million per year and remains contracted at the Metropolitano Stadium until 2024, having last signed an extension in 2021.

Somewhat surprising, given the Premier League’s status as the most lucrative league in Europe, only three managers of English clubs feature in the top 12 – Man City manager Pep Guardiola (a reported €22million annual salary) and Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp (€18million) are second and third in the list respectively.

Chelsea coach Graham Potter earns more than most of his counterparts on the continent. Todd Boehly evidently believes in the 47-year-old – he sanctioned a world-record fee for a manager to get Potter out of Brighton and handed him a five-year contract worth over £50million. It would be costly to sack him if things don’t work out.

Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, newly-appointed Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid head honcho Carlo Ancelotti are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, which seems befitting of their reputations and their clubs’ statuses as European royalty.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho features with a healthy salary of €9million at Roma, while Xabi Alonso at Bayer Leverkusen – in his first senior coaching job – and Niko Kovac at Wolfsburg are somewhat surprising inclusions in the top 12.

Barcelona icon Xavi Hernandez will reportedly negotiate a new deal at Camp Nou. The former midfielder looks set to lead the club to their first La Liga title in four years, giving him solid leverage in upcoming contract talks. His current deal runs until June 2024.

“Xavi Hernandez will extend his contract with Barcelona, just matter of time,” tweeted transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.

“The club have the proposal ready; Xavi wants full focus on the pitch now. Xavi is actively working on the future plans with the board, wants his first Liga title as coach; then he will sign.”

Here are the 12 highest-paid managers in world football, according to Sport, with their annual salaries broken down in full:

1. Diego Simeone – €34million
2. Pep Guardiola – €22million
3. Jurgen Klopp – €18million
4. Graham Potter – €13.5million
5. Massimiliano Allegri – €12.8million
6. Thomas Tuchel – €12million
7. Carlo Ancelotti – €11million
8. Simone Inzaghi – €10million
9. Jose Mourinho – €9million
10. Xabi Alonso – €5million
11. Niko Kovac – €4million
12. Xavi – €3.8million

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