The top 20 football managers by spending: Pep Guardiola, Klopp, and Wenger, above Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, and Jose Mourinho.

Football managers put in a lot of effort on the practice field, but it is getting more and more difficult to win prestigious awards without spending a lot of money.

Both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, two of the most successful managers of the modern era, were willing to spend big money on players.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are still among the managers who have spent the most money, despite the fact that they are now retired.

By examining their combined transfer expenditures at all the clubs they have managed, we have compiled the 20 football managers who have spent the most money in history using data from transfermarkt.

20. Gian Piero Gasperini makes €764:43.

Five teams were managed (Crotone, Genoa, Inter, Palermo, and Atalanta).

No club trophies have been won.


Largest Purchases, Number 5.


1. El Bilal Toure to Atlanta costs €28 million.

2. Atalanta will pay Gianluca Scamacca €25 million.

3. Jeremie Boga will cost Atlanta €22 million.

Atlético pays €214 million to acquire Ederson.

Atlanta will pay €21,2,000,000 for Luis Muriel.

19. £780.89 million for Nuno Espirito Santo.

Six clubs are managed: Al-Ittihad, Rio Ave, Valencia, Porto, Wolves, and Tottenham.

3 club trophies have been won (EFL Championship, Saudi Professional League, and Saudi Super Cup).

Five Largest Purchases.

1. Al-Ittihad will pay €46.7m for Fabinho.
Wolves will pay €40 million to acquire Fabio Silva.

3. Raul Jiménez will cost Wolves €38 million.

4. Nelson Semedo will cost Wolves €32m.

5. Rodrigo will cost Valencia €30 million.

18. Sir Alex Ferguson made $789.95 million.

Clubs managed: 4 (Manchester United, Aberdeen, St. Mirren, and East Sterling).

50 club trophies have been won (Scottish Premier Division x4, Scottish Cup x4, Scottish League Cup, Drybrough Cup, Premier League x13, League Cup x4, Community Shield x10, Champions League x2, European Cup Winners’ Cup x2, European Super Cup x2, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup).

Five Major Purchases.

1. Rio Ferdinand will cost Man United €46m.

2. Man Utd to sign Juan Sebastian Verón for $42.6 million.

3. Dimitar Berbatov will cost Manchester United €38 million.
Wayne Rooney will cost Man Utd €37m.

5. Anderson to Man Utd for €31.5m.

“Marvellous. Magnificent.

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17. Roberto Mancini: €817,181 million.

Six teams were managed: Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, Manchester City, Galatasaray, and Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Club trophies won: 13 (Serie A three times, Coppa Italia four times, Supercoppa Italiana twice, Premier League once, FA Cup once, Community Shield once, Turkish Cup once).

Five Largest Purchases.


1. Sergio Aguero to Man City – €40m.

2. Edin Dzeko to Man City – €37m.

3. Geoffrey Kondogbia to Inter – €36m.

4. Yaya Toure to Man City – €30m.

5. Mario Balotelli to Man City – €29.5m.

16. Ernesto Valverde – €906.83m.

Clubs managed: 6 (Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Valencia, Barcelona).

Club trophies won: 10 (Super League Greece x3, Greek Cup x2, La Liga x2, Supercopa de Espana x2, Copa del Rey).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1= Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona – €135m.

1= Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona – €135m.

3. Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona – €120m.

4. Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona – €86m.

5. Malcom to Barcelona – €41m.

15. Claudio Ranieri – €909.83m.

Clubs managed: 18 (Vigor Lamezia, Puteolana, Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Monaco, Leicester City, Nantes, Fulham, Sampdoria, Watford).

Club trophies won: 10 (Serie C1, Coppa Italia Serie C, Serie B, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Copa del Rey, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Ligue 2, Premier League).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. James Rodriquez to Monaco – €45m.

2. Radamel Falcao to Monaco – €43m.

3. Islam Slimani to Leicester City – €31m.

4. Hernan Crespo to Chelsea – €26m.

5. Joao Moutinho to Monaco – €25m.

Claudio Ranieri stood on the touchline.

14. Rafael Benitez – €915.25m.

Clubs managed: 14 (Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Inter, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Dalian Professional, Everton, Celta Vigo).

Club trophies won: 13 (La Liga x2, Europa League x2, FA Cup, Community Shield, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana x2, FIFA Club World Cup, EFL Championship).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Gonzalo Higuaín to Napoli – €39m.

2= Fernando Torres to Liverpool – €38m.

2= Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid – €38m.

4. Danilo to Real Madrid – €31.5m.

5. Robbie Keane to Liverpool – €24m.

13. Jorge Jesus – €919.82m.

Clubs managed: 15 (Amora, Felgueiras, União Madeira, Estrela da Amadora, Vitória Setúbal, Vitória Guimarães, Moreirense, União Leiria, Belenenses, Braga, Benfica, Sporting, Flamengo, Fenerbahçe, Al-Hilal).

Club trophies won: 20 (UEFA Intertoto Cup, Primeira Liga x3, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga x6, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira x2, Saudi Super Cup, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Copa Libertadores, Supercopa do Brasil, Recopa Sudamericana, Campeonato Carioca, Turkish Cup).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Neymar to Al-Hilal – €90m.

2. Malcom to Al-Hilal – €60m.

3. Ruben Neves to Al-Hilal – €55m.

4. Aleksandar Mitrovic to Al-Hilal – €52.6m.

5. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Al-Hilal – €40m.

12. Arsene Wenger – €973.25m.

Clubs managed: 4 (Nancy, Monaco, Nagoya Grampus Eight, Arsenal).

Club trophies won: 21 (French Division 1, Coupe de France, Emperor’s Cup, Japanese Super Cup, Premier League x3, FA Cup x7, Community Shield x7).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal – €63.75m.

2. Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal – €53m.

3. Mesut Ozil to Arsenal – €47m.

4. Granit Xhaka to Arsenal – €45m.

5. Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal – €42.5m.

Aubameyang Lacazette.

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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 6, 2020.

11. Unai Emery – €1.03bn.

Clubs managed: 9 (Lorca Deportiva, Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Villarreal, Aston Villa).

Club trophies won: 11 (Europa League x4, Ligue 1, Coupe de France x2, Coupe de la Ligue x2, Trophée des Champions x2).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Neymar to PSG – €222m.

2. Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal – €80m.

3. Moussa Diaby to Aston Villa – €55m.

4. Julian Draxler to PSG – €36m.

5. Pau Torres to Aston Villa – €33m.

10. Jurgen Klopp – €1.13bn.

Clubs managed: 3 (Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool).

Club trophies won: 12 (Bundesliga x2, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup x2, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA World Club Cup).

Five Biggest Purchases: .

1. Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool – €84.65m.

2. Darwin Nunez to Liverpool – €80m.

3. Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool – €70m.

4. Alisson to Liverpool – €62.5m.

5. Naby Keita to Liverpool – €60m.

Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk.

9. Mauricio Pochettino – €1.15bn.

Clubs managed: 5 (Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea).

Club trophies won: 3 (Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Trophée des Champions).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Moises Caicedo to Chelsea – €116m.

2. Achraf Hakimi to PSG – €68m.

3. Romeo Lavia to Chelsea – €62.1m.

4. Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham – €62m.

5. Christopher Nkunku to Chelsea – €60m.

8. Antonio Conte – €1.17bn.

Clubs managed: 8 (Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta, Siena, Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Tottenham).

Club trophies won: 9 (Serie B, Serie A x4, Supercoppa Italiana x2, Premier League, FA Cup).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Romelu Lukaku to Inter – €74m.

2. Alvaro Morata to Chelsea – €66m.

3. Richarlison to Tottenham – €58m.

4. Cristian Romero to Tottenham – €50m.

5. Achraf Hakimi to Inter – €43m.

7. Thomas Tuchel – €1.19bn.

Clubs managed: 6 (Augsburg, Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Bayern Munich).

Club trophies won: 11 (DFB-Pokal, Ligue 1 x2, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions x2, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA World Club Cup, Bundesliga).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Kylian Mbappe to PSG – €180m.

2. Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea – €113m.

3. Harry Kane to Bayern Munich – €100m.

4. Wesley Fofana to Chelsea – €80.4m.

5. Marc Cucurella to Chelsea – €65.3m.

Kylian Mbappe 🇫🇷.

• Helped side win Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions.

• Club’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2018/19.

• Ligue 1 top goalscorer, named league’s Player of the Yearpic .
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— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) July 31, 2019.

6. Manuel Pellegrini – €1.2bn.

Clubs managed: 14 (Universidad de Chile, Palestino, O’Higgins, Universidad Católica, LDU Quito, San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Málaga, Manchester City, Hebei China Fortune, West Ham United, Real Betis).

Club trophies won: 11 (Copa Chile, Copa Interamericana, Liga Pro, Argentine Primera División x2, Copa Mercosur, Intertoto Cup, Premier League, League Cup x2, Copa del Rey).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid – €94m.

2. Kevin De Bruyne to Man City – €76m.

3. Kaka to Real Madrid – €67m.

4. Raheem Sterling to Man City – €63.7m.

5. Sebastien Haller to West Ham – €50m.

5. Diego Simeone – €1.21bn.

Clubs managed: 6 (Estudiantes, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Catania, Racing Club, Atlético Madrid).

Club trophies won: 10 Argentine Primera División x2, La Liga x2, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa League x2, UEFA Super Cup x2).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid – €127.2m.

2. Thomas Lemar to Atletico Madrid – €72m.

3. Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid – €60m.

4. Vitolo to Atletico Madrid – €35.6m.

5. Jackson Martinez to Atletico Madrid – €35m.

4. Massimiliano Allegri – €1.4bn.

Clubs managed: 7 (Aglianese, SPAL, Grosseto, Sassuolo, Cagliari, AC Milan, Juventus).

Club trophies won: 14 (Serie C1, Serie A x6, Coppa Italia x4, Supercoppa Italiana x3).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – €117m.

2. Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus – €90m.

3. Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus – €81.6m.

4. Federico Chiesa to Juventus – €42.5m.

5. Paulo Dybala to Juventus – €41m.

⚪️⚫️ When Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Juventus against his former club Manchester United in 2018 🔥UCL | @juventusfcen | @Cristiano pic .
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— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 5, 2021.

3. Carlo Ancelotti – €1.69bn.

Clubs managed: 10 (Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Everton, Real Madrid).

Club trophies won: 26 (Intertoto Cup, Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League x4, UEFA Super Cup x4, FIFA Club World Cup x3, Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield, Ligue 1, La Liga, Copa del Rey x2, Supercopa de España, Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup x2).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid – €103m.

2. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – €101m.

3. Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid – €80m.

4. James Rodriguez to Real Madrid – €75m.

5. Fernando Torres to Chelsea – €58.5m.

2. Jose Mourinho – €1.86bn.

Clubs managed: 9 (Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Roma).

Club trophies won: 26 (Primeira Liga x2, Taça de Portugal, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Champions League x2, Europa League x2, Premier League x3, FA Cup, League Cup x4, Community Shield x2, Serie A x2, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa Conference League).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Paul Pogba to Man Utd – €105m.

2. Romelu Lukaku to Man Utd – €84.7m.

3. Fred to Man Utd – €59m.

4. Nemanja Matic to Man Utd – €44.7m.

5. Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea – €43.88m.

1. Pep Guardiola – €2.04bn.

Clubs managed: 3 (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City).

Club trophies won: 36 (La Liga x3, Copa del Rey x2, Supercopa de Espana x3, Champions League x3, UEFA Super Cup x4, FIFA World Club Cup x3, Bundesliga x3, DFB-Pokal x2, Premier League x5, FA Cup x2, League Cup x4, Community Shield x2).

Five Biggest Purchases.

1. Jack Grealish to Man City – €117.5m.

2. Josko Gvardiol to Man City – €90m.

3. Ruben Dias to Man City – €71.6m.

4. Rodri to Man City – €70m.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona – €69.5m.

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