1. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – €40.5m.
Considering all the backlash he’s faced this season, it’s definitely a surprise to see Cholo as the world’s highest-paid football manager.
The Argentine has struggled to get his new Atletico Madrid squad to gel for much of this season, having lost several key players last summer. But things picked up before the coronavirus pandemic.
Atletico were unbeaten in seven games and eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League as well.
It’s also worth noting Simeone’s past achievements, having transformed Atletico into title challengers since his arrival in 2012.