5 footballing legends who are top coaches now

Arjun Singh Devgan
Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane are among the best managers in the sport at present
Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane are among the best managers in the sport at present / PETER POWELL/GettyImages

Football today is highly competitive with clubs around Europe always on the lookout for a particular player and manager who will lead them to titles and trophies on a regular basis. A lot of legends of the game have transitioned into management after hanging up their boots, and here, we take a look at five legends who are top coaches at present.

1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

Pep Guardiola
Manchester City v Club Brugge KV: Group A - UEFA Champions League / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport, Pep Guardiola is arguably the best coach in present day football, with the Spaniard seamlessly transitioning into management after starring for Barcelona during his playing career.

The 50-year-old revolutionised the way football was played during his spell at Barcelona and he has continued to impart his philosophy, first at Bayern Munich and now for Manchester City - who have become one of the most feared teams in the world under his tutelage.

2. Zinedine Zidane (Currently without a club)

Zinedine Zidane
Athletic Club v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Zinedine Zidane hung his boots as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, and he surprised many by establishing himself as a top coach as seen by the success he achieved with Real Madrid.

The Frenchman led the Los Blancos to three consecutive Champions League title wins, while also helping them win the LaLiga twice and is highly sought after from a number of top clubs.

The legendary midfielder is currently out of a job after leaving Madrid in the summer, with it being reported that Manchester United are keen to sign him to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

3. Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa)

Steven Gerrard
Motherwell FC v Rangers FC - Cinch Scottish Premiership / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Steven Gerrard was one of the best midfielders of his generation during his playing career and while many would say it is still early to call him a top coach - the former England skipper did lead Rangers to their first league title in 10 years last season.

The 41-year-old was recently appointed as manager of Aston Villa, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the high pressure role in England.

4. Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)

Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid v Rayo Vallecano - La Liga Santander / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Not many remember that Carlo Ancelotti was a top player during his playing career, with the Italian only one of seven people to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and a manager.

The 62-year-old who has managed a number of top European clubs during his career is known to be an expert in European competitions - winning the Champions League twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.

5. Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko
Ukraine v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Quarter-final / Ettore Ferrari - Pool/GettyImages

The 2003 Ballon d'Or award winner and one of the greatest strikers in football history, Andriy Shevchenko was unstoppable at his peak and helped Ukraine qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2020 European Championship - which was the first time they had achieved that in their history.

The 45-year-old who left the Ukraine post in August 2021, was recently appointed as the new head coach of Serie A side, Genoa.