Jose Mourinho’s annual income has been revealed in France Football magazine’s rich list - and his old foe Pep Guardiola unlikely to be impressed the figures that have emerged.
ourinho’s status as the most recognisable and charismatic coach in world football has allowed to attract some huge sponsorship deals in recent years, with the salary he is collecting as Manchester United manager only part of his estimated €28m-a-year income.
Taking into account his commercial deals with a Heineken, Hublot watches, Jaguar, BT Sport, Adidas, Atlantis hotels, Lipton Tea and EA Sports, Mourinho is reaping the rewards after his years of success at the top of the game.
Some of Mourinho’s existing commercial agreements caused some concern to United officials when he made the move to Old Trafford last summer, with his association with Jaguar conflicting with his club’s sponsorship deal with Chevrolet.
However, those issues were ironed out as United looked to find a replacement for Louis van Gaal, with Mourinho already delivering his first trophy as the club’s manager after he won the EFL Cup last month.
Meanwhile, Guardiola is believed to be earning €14.5m-a-year, with the bulk of his income made up from his salary as Manchester City manager, with the Spaniard less enthused by the prospect of adding to his fortune with sponsorship deals.
France Football’s rich list also ranked the world’s top earning players, with Mourinho’s compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo topping their list as he was estimated to have earned an eye-watering €87.5m over the course of the 2016-17 season.
His long-time rival Lionel Messi was just behind on €76.5m, with Brazilian superstar Neymar pulling in €55.5m.
Gareth Bale was the top ranked British player, with the Welshman believed to have earned €41m last season thanks to his huge salary and bonus scheme at Real Madrid, along with a raft of commercial deals.