No matter, how champion player you’re, but you can’t exist in sport world without a coach. A coach is somebody who develops, improves, and promotes an athlete’s physical as well as psychological performance. In fact, coach is a person who identifies your weaknesses and helps you to transform them into your strength. On and off the ground a player’s behaviour and performance is just the reflection of his/her coach’s skills.
A player and a coach always share a complement relationship. They both define each other’s status. Yeah! This is true that in a game, even coaches put no lesser energy, dedication, hard work and mind strategies than athletes but they often receive little respect and credit for the work because of working behind the curtains. But when it comes to money, their hard work is well appreciated and they receive a huge amount as a salary. Here is a list of top 10 highest paid coaches in the world 2018 who are not only making big money but also contributing immense to modern sport.
10. Antonio Conte: $8.2 million
Antonio Conte, an Italian football coach, is currently the manager of Premier League club Chelsea. As a player, he was a midfielder who played from 1985-2004 for Lecce, Juventus, and the Italian national team. Over his career, he served team Juventus the most for about 12 years and became one of the most decorated players in the history of Juventus. There in 2004, he finished his career as a player and remained with the club as a coach. His managerial career started in 2006 with team Bari. Thereafter he managed Siena for some months and Juventus for some years and in 2016 he signed a three year contract with Chelsea having a salary of £ 550,000 a month.
9. Jurgen Klopp: $8.8 million
Europe’s one of the most coveted coaches, Klopp is a German football manager and former professional player. The crowd pleasing and charismatic German soccer spent most of his career at Mainz 05 taking it from now where to back to back titles. In 1990, he started his 15 years long journey with Mainz 05 as a player and ended in 2001 and in same year he was appointed as the manager of the club. This was the start of his managerial career. After this he worked with Dortmund and became the longest serving manager for both the clubs serving 7 years each. Since 2015 he has been working with Liverpool having a six years long contract worth of £ 47 million. Besides such a massive contract deal, he also endorses many brands among others Puma, Opel, German Cooperative banking group and business weekly Wirtschaftswoche.
8. Jim Harbaugh: $9 million
Presently head coach in University of Michigan, Jim is a former American football player and quarterback who also coached Stanford cardinal, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Toreros. Prior making the jump to coaching, he had a rousing playing career for almost 2 decades. He left an untouched legacy playing in NFL for 13 years. Jim put his first feet in coaching in 1994 as an assistant coach. His meteoric rise in coaching career came when he was named as the head coach of San Francisco 49ers in 2011.Belonging from a great soccer family, Jim was meant to be a global name in football world.
7. Doc Rivers: $10 million
With an annual salary of $10 million-plus, Doc Rivers, American basketball coach secured 7th place in this list. The former NBA guard who spent most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks also represented the US national team in 1982 FIFA World Championship in which he bagged the silver medal for the nation. After a magnificent career as a player, he later became the successful coach who trained many teams. Now he is a head coach of Los Angeles Clippers. Since 2011 he has been together with Clippers after signing a 5 years contract extension worth of $35 million in 2013.
6. Zinedine Zidane: $10.1 million/ year
The soccer world would be incomplete without mentioning the name of much skilled, master tactician, dynamic leader and most talented Zinedine Zidane. One of soccer’s all-time greats, Zinedine Zidane has had an unmatched career graph and was the top notch player of France in the victory of FIFA World Cup (1998) and Euro (2000). The legendary player who has bagged many awards and honors for his outstanding game, stepped into managing and coaching in 2010. Presently he is the manager and coach of Real Madrid. 3 times FIFA world player of the year Zidane has a staggering net worth of $70 million which he gathered from on and off the football ground.
5. Arsene Wenger: $10.5 million/year
Another footballer from France. Starting his career in 1978, he came off as a defender and became a successful player. He got on the roads of coaching very early in 1984. Presently a head manager at Arsenal, Wenger has managed 4 clubs so far. He began his long tenure at the helm of Arsenal in 1996 and today became one of the most successful managers in Arsenal’s history. The soccer’s great is not completely dependable on football for his earnings. He also makes a huge amount with his automobile spare parts business, and with a bistro.
4. Gregg Popovich: $11 million/year
The 68 years old Gregg Popovich is an American basketball coach who led the San Antonio Spurs to NBA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. Working with Spurs since 1996, he became the longest tenured active coach for almost 30 years in NBA. In 2014, he signed a 5-years contract extension with Spurs and is believed to be making $8 million per season. Nicknamed as ‘Coach Pop’, Greg is the highest paid and the greatest coach in the history of NBA. In addition to his coaching duties with Spurs, he also became the head coach of US’s man national basketball team in 2016.
3. Carlo Ancelotti: $11.4 million/year
If you talk about the best and the most successful coach in football history ever, there would come only and only one name Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo has been very successful in soccer world as a player as well as a coach. During his playing period, he played for many teams including Italian national football team. After his retirement from playing in 1999, he coached many teams such as Parma, Milan, Paris Saint-German, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. In 2015, he teamed up with Bayern Munich and presently is the head manager of the team. With an impressive net worth of $50 million Carlo is the 3rd highest paid coach right now.
2. Jose Mourinho: $17.8 million/year
Jose Mourinho, one of the triumphant managers of football clubs till date who led many top European teams to national and European honors, is presently the manger of Manchester united. He is given the nickname ‘The Special One’ by his fans to describe his unique character and strong track record. He began his football career as a player but destiny wanted him to be the greatest soccer coach in the history, so he end up becoming the coach in his initial days only. Renowned for his acerbic, management and self-confident style, Jose has trained almost 12 teams so far. His most recent contract was with Manchester United in 2016.
1. Pep Guardiola: $24 million/year
The former Spanish football player and coach Pep is presently the head manager of Manchester City. Known for his gifted tactics as a defensive midfielder, Pep was an outstanding player who spent most of his career with Barcelona. After retiring as a player in 2008, he started training Barcelona B and before joining Manchester city in 2016 he also coached Bayern Munich and Barcelona. He is estimated to earn a salary of $24 million annually with Manchester City. Because of his exceptional management he is highly esteemed among the entire football fraternity.
A coach is the backbone of a team. His role varies from an instructor to assessor, friend, mentor, facilitator, chauffeur, demonstrator, adviser, supporter, fact finder, motivator, organizer, planner and the fountain of all knowledge. The above list includes the names of such coaches who are perfectly playing their roles and making big in terms of name, fame, achievement and money.