Top 10 Best Paid Soccer Coaches In The World

10. Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti is ranked 10th. The 63-year-old coach makes $14.8 million per year. He's one of seven to win the European Cup as a player and a manager. After retiring as a midfielder, Ancelotti became a coach. Since then, he's been one of the most admired UEFA Champions League managers.

09. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, 50, is the world's second-highest-paid soccer coach. His $14.8m (£12m) salary ranks ninth. Zidane is a legendary athlete. As a coach, his popularity grew. He began playing for AS Foresta at age 9. Zidane played in several youth systems from 1981 to 1990 and debuted professionally with Cannes in 1989.

08. Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino ranks eighth. His annual pay is $16.3 million (£13.2m). Pochettino started in the youth system. He played as a central defender for Newell's Old Boys from 1989 to 2006. In 2009, Pochettino became Espanyol's head coach. In 2013, he became Southampton's and Tottenham's head coach.

07. Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte, 53, is our 7th-ranked manager. His salary is $15m (£18.5m). Conte was a star player for Juventus before becoming a coach. His soccer career began in 1982 with Lecce's Youth Academy and ended in 1985.

06. Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez, 62, was recently Everton's manager. He earns $18.5 million (£15m) annually.  From 1973 to 1978, Benitez was a Real Madrid youth. Real Madrid Aficionados was his first club. Benitez has coached since 1986. He first coached Real Madrid's under-17 team. A year later, he was Madrid's assistant coach.

05. Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp is the fifth-highest-paid soccer coach in the world. Liverpool's 55-year-old manager makes $18.9 million (£15m) annually. Klopp is a top manager. Liverpool's manager. Klopp was a young player from 1972-1987. He debuted with 1. FC Pforzheim. He played for several clubs, but mostly Mainz 05.

04. Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is the fourth highest-paid soccer coach in the world, earning $24.6 million a year.  He's one of the best managers and currently manages Manchester City. The Spanish coach is highly regarded. He began his soccer career as a Barcelona defensive midfielder in 1988.

03. José Mourinho

José Mourinho

We're now among the 10 highest-paid soccer coaches in the world. José Mourinho, 59, earns $24.6 million (£20m) a year.  Roma's manager is Portuguese. Mourinho is one of the greatest and most famous managers ever. Before coaching, Mourinho was a Portuguese midfielder. His professional playing career stretched 1980 to 1987.

02. Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde, 58, is the second-highest paid soccer coach in the world with an annual salary of $29.6 million (£24m). Athletic Bilbao's manager. Valverde played pro soccer. Beginning in San Ignacio and Alavés' junior systems, he made his senior debut in 1982.

01. Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone

El Cholo, 52, is the world's highest-paid soccer coach. The flamboyant Argentine Soccer Manager makes $49.28m a year.  Simeone started in Vélez Sársfield's junior system and made his senior debut in 1987. From 1987 to 2006, he played professionally for several teams.