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10 greatest footballers turned managers of all time

  • The greatest footballers aren't the greatest managers, with only a few succeeding at both
Sunaadh Sagar
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Modified 04 Sep 2017, 19:15 IST
Zinedine Zidane, Josep Guardiola
Zinedine Zidane, Josep Guardiola

A great player is not always a great manager.

We've seen plenty of them - Maradona was one of the greatest ever on the pitch, but his spells on the touchline, for both club and country, were nothing short of disasters.

It takes a special breed of player - perhaps the more intellectual as opposed to the instinctual footballer, to be the very best, both as a player and as a manager. Not to mention the fact that were you to pull it off, your entire life would probably have been devoted in service of the beautiful game.

Note that ranking this list takes into account achievements/stature as a player in addition to those as a manager.

Here are the 10 greatest footballers turned managers of all time.

Honourable Mentions

Fabio Capello

The Italian's star as a manager dimmed after a dismal spell with England, but his achievements with AC Milan, Roma and Juventus, both as a player and manager will never be forgotten, winning a stunning 17 trophies with the three giants of Italian football in his time as a player and as a manager. His La Liga titles with Real Madrid weren't 'pretty' but came at a time when the club needed the stability brought about by success.


Brian Clough

The 3rd most prolific goal-scorer in the Football League, Brian Clough's lack of trophies as a player is the only reason why he does not get into the top 10, although that is comfortably offset with his achievements with Nottingham Forest as a manager, including holding the record for the longest unbeaten spell until they were eclipsed by Arsenal's Invincibles.

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Published 04 Sep 2017, 19:15 IST
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