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28/11/2012 - 12:57 BST

Top 20 Highest Paid Manager In World Football – Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger In Top Five

Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

Jose Mourinho is the highest paid manager in world football, according to a study by Pluri, published by Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, while other familiar names are included in the top five.

The Portuguese tactician earns over €15M gross per season at the Bernabeu, leaving him comfortably ahead of Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is second on the list.

Ancelotti pockets €13.5M at the Parc des Princes, while World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is next on the list, earning €10M with Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is fourth, while Arsene Wenger makes up the top five, the long-serving Arsenal manager being paid €9.3M before taxes are taken into account.

Top 20 Highest Paid Managers In World Football (Annual Gross Salary)

1: Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) – €15.3M
2: Carlo Ancelotti (PSG) – €13.5M
3: Marcello Lippi (Guangzhou Evergrande) – €10M
4: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) – €9.4M
5: Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – €9.3M
6: Guus Hiddink (Anzhi Makhachkala) – €8.3M
7: Fabio Capello (Russia) – €7.8M
8: Tito Vilanova (Barcelona) – €7M
9: Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) – €5.9M
10: Jose Antonio Camacho (China) – €5.9M
11: Frank Rijkaard (Saudi Arabia) – €5.3M
12: Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich) – €5.2M
13: Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur) – €4.5M
14: Harry Redknapp (QPR) – €4M
15: Jorge Jesus (Benfica) – €4M
16: David Moyes (Everton) – €3.6M
17: Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga) – €3.6M
18: Paulo Autuori (Qatar) – €3.6M
19: Abel Braga (Fluminense) – €3.5M
20: Luciano Spalletti (Zenit St. Petersburg) – €3.3M

The total amount that each manager takes home however is determined by the tax rate of the country in which they work.

For example, Mourinho only sees €7.3M of his salary, due to the tax paid in Spain, while Ancelotti earns €100,000 more when French tax is taken into account.

What is striking is the amount that petrodollar fuelled clubs and countries are splashing out, with Hiddink, Capello, Spalletti, Rijkaard and Aututori all benefiting.

The list also contains some surprising omissions, such as Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, while it is unclear what Rafael Benitez is set to pocket for his stint at Chelsea.

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