The FIFA World Cup 2014 has not only showcased some of the world’s highest-paid athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi playing for national pride, but has also seen some of the highest paid managers in football history. As this is the World’s most-watched sporting event, all 32 competing nations made sure they employed ‘the best that money can buy’ so as to ensure their success. But if only it were that easy…
Listed below is a record of the Top Ten highest paid managers in international football and their performance well, you can see for yourself:
1. Fabio Capello
Former Italian footballer Fabio Capello has previously worked as manager for AC Milan and England’s national football team. In July 2012, he signed-on as the new manager for Team Russian, in a deal reported to earn him a staggering $11 million a year – crowning Capello the highest-paid football manager in the world.
* Russia have since been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup
2. Roy Hodgson
Hodgson is a former English player who has coached 16 different football teams over the span of his career. On May 1st 2012, he was hired as manager for Team England, in a deal reported to earn him a more modest $5 million a year.
* England have since been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup
3. Cesare Prandelli
Though Prandelli has since resigned after Italy’s rather dismal performance at this year’s FIFA World Cup, he still made it to the list of the Top Three highest-paid football managers, with an annual salary reported to be in the region of $4 million.
* Italy have since been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup
4. Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari aka ‘Big Phil’ was a former defender for the Brazilian national team and then coached the ‘Samba Boys’ during the 2002 World Cup that Brazil then went on to win. Scolari was signed for a reported $4 million by the host nation.
* Brazil are currently still competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
5. Ottmar Hitzfeld
Also called ‘der General’ (the general) the former German footballer holds 18 major titles. He is the current manager for Switzerland and earns a reported $3.7 million-a-year.
* Switzerland are currently still competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
6. Joachim Low
The former midfielder and manager of the German National Team earns a reported $3.6 million-a-year. Low was first brought-on as an assistant manager to former coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
* Germany are currently still competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
7. Vicente del Bosque
The current manager for Spain, del Bosque also coached the team to victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The former Spanish player earns a reported $3.3 million a year.
* Spain have since been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup
8. Louis Van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal, the former manager for Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich is currently serving his last World Cup with the Dutch national team. One of football’s most-experienced managers, Van Gaal will fly into Manchester to takeover managerial responsibilities for Manchester United. The former footballer earns a reported $2.7 million-a-year.
* Netherlands are currently still competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
9. Alberto Zaccheroni
Best known for his tactical formations and ‘No Bullshit’ approach, the former Italian player serves as current manager for the Japanese national team, where he earns a reported 2.7 million-a-year.
* Japan have since been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup
10. Jürgen Klinsmann
A leading scorer in all six major tournaments from Euro 1988 to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann was ranked in FIFA’s list of ‘125 Greatest Living Footballers’ in 2004. Former manager of the German national team, it was under his leadership that now-German manager Joachim Low was brought-in as an assistant. Klinsmann is the current manager for the US national team and earns a reported $2.6 million-a-year.
* USA are currently still competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup