Soccer players are ultimately the ones that decide the outcomes of matches, but what about the guys that set up those dominoes? Managers play an equally vital role in a team's success, and they're paid considerably amounts to get results. They're also usually the first to take the fall when those results don't go as planned.
Which bosses are getting paid top dollar around the world? France Football worked it all out, via TalkSport. Here are the top 5 coaches cashing the biggest checks for the 2016/17 season.
Note: Figures account for salaries, bonuses and advertising revenues.
Guardiola will rake in £12.5 million managing Manchester City this season. His stacked trophy case contains 3 La Liga trophies, 3 Bundesliga trophies, 2 Champions League trophies and more.
The well-traveled Carlo Ancelotti will make a cool £13.7 million with Bayern Munich. The Italian's credentials include titles in Italy, England, Paris and Spain, and he looks well on his way to another with Bayern Munich this year.
How would you like to make money while no longer working? That's what Blanc is doing this year after PSG gave him the boot. For his trouble, the four-time Ligue 1 winner (1 with Bordeaux, 3 with PSG) will earn £17.3 million as part of a compensation package.
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The only national team manager on this list, Lippi will pull in £20.3 million as the manager of the China men's national team. The 68-year-old won Serie A five times with Juventus and is a three-time Chinese Super League winner. He also boasts a World Cup trophy from the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
The Special One is also, unsurprisingly, The Handsomely Paid One. The Man United chief will earn £24.2 million this season. With three EPL titles with Chelsea under his belt, he's looking to do the same in Manchester. He's also won the league titles in Spain, Italy and Portugal.