5 Highest-Spending Managers Since 2000

Arjun Singh Devgan
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have spent the most amount of money on transfer since 2000
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have spent the most amount of money on transfer since 2000 / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Football as a sport is a billion dollar industry at present, with the amount of money present in the sport at an all-time high, which has led to top clubs getting a lot more money to spend that on transfers.

There have been a number of top managers this century and one thing that most of them have had is having enough money to buy players that they want in their squads. Here, we take a look at 5 coaches who have spent the highest since 2000.

Transfer values courtesy of Transfermarkt.

1. Jose Mourinho - €1.76bn - 104 signings

Josè Mourinho
AS Roma v Raja Casablanca - Pre-Season Friendly / Silvia Lore/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho emerged as a young, brash manager on the scene after leading Porto to the 2004 Champions League trophy and there is no doubt that he was the best coach between 2004 to 2010.

The 58-year-old has since 2000 been in charge of some of the biggest clubs in the world and during this time, he has made a staggering 104 signings, while spending €1.76bn in transfers.

While his reputation has taken a hit in recent times, there is no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest managers of all-time.

2. Pep Guardiola - €1.59bn - 67 signings

Pep Guardiola
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Widely hailed by many to be the best coach in modern day football, Pep Guardiola has been a dominant force at every club he has managed so far, with the Spaniard not short of money in the transfer window as seen by the 1.59bn he has spent so far.

Despite his success, the 50-year-old has his detractors - though he has nothing to prove to anyone in terms of trophies won.

3. Carlo Ancelotti - €1.37bn - 88 signings

Carlo Ancelotti
Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Santander / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

The Italian maestro has enjoyed success both as a player and as a manager and he continues to win at the highest level, with his style of coaching preferred by the top clubs in Europe.

Carlo Ancelotti will go down in history as arguably the greatest Italian coach in the game.

4. Manuel Pellegrini - €1.16bn - 88 signings

Manuel Pellegrini
RCD Mallorca v Real Betis - La Liga Santander / Rafa Babot/Getty Images

Widely considered to be one of the best tactical managers in the game, Manuel Pellegrini won national leagues in four different countries and is mostly remembered for his time as coach of Real Madrid and Manchester City.

The Chilean unfairly remains an underrated manager in football and perhaps not gets the credit that he deserves.

5. Massimiliano Allegri - €1.06bn - 96 signings

Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri, head coach of Juventus FC, reacts... / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Max Allegri during his first tenure at Juventus became the only manager in Europe's premier leagues to win the domestic double for four consecutive seasons.

The Italian excelled first at AC Milan, then Juventus and now he has returned back to Turin to lead them to titles in the future.