6. Fabio Cannavaro: €12m
The last defender to win the Ballon d’Or was Fabio Cannavaro.
The former Real Madrid star was a brilliant player during his career and famously led Italy to World Cup glory in 2006.
Nowadays, Cannavaro coaches Guangzhou Evergrande in China on a lucrative salary of €12m.
Although it’s surely only a matter of time before the two-time La Liga winner returns to coach a European club.