How much have prominent managers spent in the transfer market during their careers?
Jose Mourinho has spent a staggering £1.3billion on players during his managerial career – around £300million more than the second-ranked boss.
Carlo Ancelotti is the next highest in the list of big spending managers but his outlay at the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real and Bayern Munich is £300m less than Mourinho at just shy of £1bn.
Jose Mourinho has splashed out a staggering £1.3billion on players during his career
Mourinho’s career spending is £300m more than the likes of Ancelotti (left) and Guardiola
Oh My Goal have totalled up the expenditure of world football’s leading managers and revealed some truly eye-watering sums.
But none compare to Mourinho, the current Tottenham boss, whose biggest purchase was the £89.3m return of Paul Pogba to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.
Mourinho has always demanded investment from club owners, with other noteworthy purchases including Romelu Lukaku for £75m and Fred for £53m during his time in charge at Old Trafford.
In two spells as Chelsea manager, the club signed strikers Andriy Shevchenko for £40m, Didier Drogba for £35m and Diego Costa for £34m.
And while Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid, they signed Luka Modric for £31.5m and Angel Di Maria for £30m.
Biggest spending managers
1 Jose Mourinho: Total spend – £1.3bn / Biggest buy – Paul Pogba £89.3m
2= Carlo Ancelotti: £998m / Gareth Bale £85.3m
2= Pep Guardiola: £998m / Zlatan Ibrahimovic £57m
4 Manuel Pellegrini: £921m / Cristiano Ronaldo £80m
5 Massimiliano Allegri: £844m / Cristiano Ronaldo £99.2m
6 Arsene Wenger: £767m / Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang £56m
7 Roberto Mancini: £683m / Sergio Aguero £35m
8 Claudio Ranieri: £682.6m / James Rodriguez £38.5m
9 Rafa Benitez: £577m / Gonzalo Higuain £34.5m
10 Unai Emery: £591m / Neymar £200m
Source: Oh My Goal
Paul Pogba’s £89m return to Manchester United in 2016 coincided with Mourinho’s arrival
Striker Didier Drogba was one of Mourinho’s more expensive signings at Chelsea
Midfielder Luka Modric was Mourinho’s biggest outlay when in charge of Real Madrid
It only goes to highlight how ill-fitting Mourinho seems at Tottenham, a club who only spend money reluctantly under chairman Daniel Levy.
Italian boss Ancelotti, now in charge of Everton, comes in second in the list, with a career spend of around £1bn.
His biggest purchase was Welsh winger Gareth Bale for £85.3m during his time in charge of Real Madrid in 2013.
It was also on Ancelotti’s watch that the Bernabeu club signed Colombian star James Rodriguez for £67m in the summer of 2014.
And when in charge of Chelsea, the club signed Spanish striker Fernando Torres from Premier League rivals Liverpool for £50m.
Carlo Ancelotti was Real Madrid manager when they broke the bank to sign Gareth Bale
A year later and Ancelotti’s Real went big in the market again to sign James Rodriguez
Ancelotti welcomes Fernando Torres to Chelsea after his £50m signing from Liverpool in 2011
Ancelotti is roughly on a par with Pep Guardiola, the current Manchester City and former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who has also spent in the region of £1bn on players.
His biggest purchase actually turned out to be a flop – Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved from Inter Milan to Guardiola’s Barcelona for £57m in 2009 with Samuel Eto’o going the other way, but lasted just one season.
Guardiola has certainly been unafraid to spend during his time as City boss, paying £60m for Riyad Mahrez, £58m for Aymeric Laporte, £52m for Benjamin Mendy and £50m for John Stones.
That has enabled him to continue a highly-successful career, with City winning back-to-back Premier League titles and a series of domestic cups under his management.
Pep Guardiola signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan back in 2009
£60m man Riyad Mahrez has been Guardiola’s most expensive signing while at Man City
Manuel Pellegrini is fourth on the list with £921m of expenditure, of which a fair chunk was the then world record £80m that brought Cristiano Ronaldo from Man United to Real Madrid in 2009.
Massimiliano Allegri is responsible for £844m worth of spending with Ronaldo’s £100m switch from Real to Juventus in the summer of 2018 comprising a fair proportion of that.
Arsene Wenger spent £767m during his career with Arsenal, putting him sixth on the list, ahead of Italians Roberto Mancini on £683m and Claudio Ranieri on £682m.
Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of Real Madrid when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009
A big chunk of Massimiliano Allegri’s £844m expenditure is also a Ronaldo transfer deal
Arsene Wenger spent a grand total of £767m during his stellar career, mainly at Arsenal
Unai Emery’s PSG broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona in 2017
Rafa Benitez is ninth on £577m, while Unai Emery just makes the top 10 on £591m, though £200m of that was PSG’s world record signing of Neymar in 2017.
It is also noteworthy that four of those managers (Mourinho, Ancelotti, Ranieri and Benitez) have spent the money of Roman Abramovich at Chelsea.
And three of them (Guardiola, Pellegrini, Mancini) have had the wealth of Man City’s Abu Dhabi investors to spend in the transfer market.