Steven Gerrard becomes world’s fourth highest paid manager after moving to Saudi Arabia But who are the top 3 highest paid managers in the world?
It has been revealed that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s salary at Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittifaq is £15.2m a year. The former midfielder moved to a Middle Eastern club despite a previous deal falling through. And now he has signed a three-year contract with the Saudi Pro League club. Gerrard is one of several high-profile players and managers who have moved to the Middle East in recent months. The teams Saudi Arabia have made huge offers for the European star. Since signing Cristiano Ronaldo for £172 million a year in January.
After brief stints at Rangers in the Scottish Premiership and Aston Villa in the สมัคร ufabet Premier League. Gerrard’s £300,000-a-week salary in Saudi Arabia will undoubtedly be a factor in his decision to move there. According to The Sun, the former Aston Villa manager is now the world’s fourth-highest- paid manager . It is followed by Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp at £16m, Pep Guardiola at £20m and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone at £30m.
Speaking about his reasons for moving there, Gerrard claimed he ‘had a real family feel’ and that the move ‘It has to fit my family first’. “I think football projects have to be ambitious. There have to be valid reasons, and of course you need to feel secure about the contract. But this is the last thing.”
Having failed at Aston Villa, Gerrard is looking to improve his record at Al-Ittifaq. With the side not winning the league since 1987, the 43-year-old hopes to compete with champions Al-Ittihad, who recently signed 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema on a free transfer. Since signing for the Saudi club, Gerrard has overseen his first pre-season as a manager. And is scheduled to play in a friendly match with Croatian team NK Varadin.
The former midfielder was sacked by Premier League side Aston Villa at the start of the 2022-23 season after winning just two of their first 12 games following the sacking of former Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Instead, he led them to a seventh-place finish and qualifying for the Europa Conference League. Gerrard, for his part, is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He made over 500 appearances for Liverpool.
Al -Ittifaq are also targeting Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as one of their first £700,000-a-week signings under Gerrard. Although there is no official offer with the Reds. But Henderson is one of the top targets for the Saudi Pro League club this summer, with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha also on Al-Ittifaq’s list this summer. Gerrard’s new home will be in Dammam. The fourth largest city in Saudi Arabia, where the football club is located. The Saudi owner hopes, following Gerrard’s appointment, will be able to convince more English players to move to the Middle East this summer.