Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho Given Extravaganza Award

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Jose Mourinho, the wealthiest manager in football, was honored with the 16th Football Extravaganza award last night. He received this award at a dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Mourinho spent three successful years at Chelsea between 2004-07. He steered the club to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

Mourinho left Stamford Bridge after becoming the most successful Chelsea manager, and guided Inter to the treble before joining Real Madrid last summer.

"I miss England and my next job will be in England," said Mourinho.

"There is unfinished business.

"And I think England wants me back, no? It was the most enjoyable time of my career.

"My Chelsea time was amazing as a football manager and family man. My family and I enjoyed it so much. We made so many friends here. We still keep in touch, we still come back."

Mourinho has been rumored to suceed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he retires, as well as rumors of the two-time Champions League winner replacing Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

"I still have three years at Real Madrid. It is the biggest club in the world but it is also the most difficult club in the world," he added.

"They came to me for the third time and I could not say no to them for the third time - I had to go.

"And I had to go to Italy, that was important for me because I wanted to try there. Everyone said it was the home of tactics so I said let me try there.

"But it is not England, England is special. People in Italy, Spain and Portugal ask me why I love England so much and I can't explain - I just do."

Real Madrid coach Mourinho earns more than any other manager in the game, reports a survey by France Football magazine.

Mourinho earns €13.5m (£11.7m) a year. The Portuguese coach, who won the Champions League as well as Serie A and the Coppa Italia with Italian giants Inter Milan last season, was hired by Real Madrid last summer.

Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola is second with an annual income of €10.5m (£9.1m).

Rafael Benitez, who is between jobs after leaving the Nerazzurri in December 2010, earned €10.2m (£8.9M).

England head coach Fabio Capello is fourth with a salary of €8.5m (£7.4m).

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world. The Argentina international, who is regarded as the world’s best footballer and has won the Ballon d’Or for the past two years, earns €31 million (£27m) per year – from his salary and publicity deals. He earns €3.5m (£3m) more than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, a former team-mate of Ronaldo at Old Trafford, is third in the list with an annual income of €20.7m (£18m).

David Beckham of LA Galaxy and Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls, are fifth and 11th in the list with earnings of €19m (£16.5m) and €13.6m (£11.8m) respectively.


1) Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) – £11.7m; 2) Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) – £9.1m; 3) Rafael Benitez (ex-Internazionale) – £8.8m; 4) Fabio Capello (England) – £7.4m; 5) Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) – £6m


1) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £26.9 million; 2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – £23.9m; 3) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – £18m; 4) Kaka (Real Madrid) – £16.7m; 5) David Beckham (LA Galaxy) – £16.5m; 6) Ronaldinho (Flamengo) – £15.9m; 7) Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) – £13.4; 8) Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – £12.3m; 9) Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – £11.9m; 10) Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) – £11.5m

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