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Top 10 highest-paid football managers in 2020

Elvis Ume O
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Modified 23 Jul 2020, 20:16 IST
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#7 Fabio Cannavaro (Guangzhou Evergrande) - €12m

Cannavaro as manager of Guangzhou Evergrande
Cannavaro as manager of Guangzhou Evergrande

After a storied career that saw him cement his status as one of the greatest defenders of all time, Fabio Cannavaro ventured into the world of coaching and has spent most of the last decade in the dugout of Asian leagues.

After an earlier seven-month stint between 2014 and 2015, the 2006 Ballon d'Or winner was reappointed as manager of Guangzhou Evergrande in 2017, with his contract making him one of the highest-paid managers in the world.

The Italian has repaid the club's faith in him, guiding them to victory in the 2018 Chinese FA Super Cup and Chinese Super League in 2019.

#6 Rafael Benitez (Dalian Yifang) - €13.8m

Rafael Benitez was one of the highest-rated coaches in the world at the turn of the century, following his successes with Valencia and Liverpool. Despite not getting many accolades in recent years, the Spaniard still has an enviable CV.

After a three-year spell with Newcastle United was brought to an end in 2019, the 60-year-old was appointed as manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, where he would hope to build on the side's 9th-place league finish the season before.

#5 Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) - €16.8m

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently led the club to La Liga glory
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently led the club to La Liga glory
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Zinedine Zidane shocked the world when he announced his resignation as Real Madrid manager in the aftermath of guiding them to a third consecutive Champions League trophy. However, he was brought back to the position less than a year later, with the club looking out-of-sorts.

The Frenchman has continued with his fine work on the bench and has guided Los Blancos to the La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup in his first full season back, while glory could yet be achieved in the Champions League.

#4 Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur) - €17.52m

Jose Mourinho was appointed Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho was appointed Tottenham Hotspur's manager in November 2019

Following his acrimonious sacking from Manchester United in December 2018, Jose Mourinho stayed without a club for almost a year and reportedly turned down several offers before Tottenham Hotspur came calling in November 2019.

The Special One has had mixed results so far in North London, with embarrassing eliminations suffered in the Champions League and FA Cup, although European qualification is still possible.

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Published 23 Jul 2020, 20:16 IST
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