The FourFourTwo.com Football Rich List - the wealthiest people in British soccer
Arsenal Age 59, last year £14m (92nd)
Arsene Wenger keeps finding gold mines. One of football's canniest talent scouts, he consistently makes money for Arsenal by signing and developing promising youngsters for whom the club receive huge transfer fees.
That's good news for a club which indebted itself with a move to the Emirates Stadium. Wenger's Arsenal contract was worth around £3m annually but he signed a new £4m a year deal in September 2007 for four years. A careful and abstemious man devoted to the Gunners, Wenger should be worth £15m now.
Notts County Age 61, re-entry
Sven-Göran Eriksson may have been no great shakes as a player, but he keeps his accountant busy. Gothenburg, Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Benfica, Sampdoria, Lazio, England, Manchester City and Mexico have all added him to the honour roll – and payroll.
When spooked by alleged interest from Premier League clubs, the FA raised his wage to £4m a year; offered £5m a year to manage Aston Villa by the News of the World's "fake sheikh", he seemed very amenable. By July 2007, after a year out, he was down to a £3m annual salary at Manchester City – on a three-year contract, of which he survived 10 months. After an 11-month spell as Mexico manager he's now back in English football as director of football at Notts County, on a five-year contract reportedly worth an annual £2m.
No wonder Martin Samuel described him as a man who "does not appear the sort of guy who has to hide in a doorway if he sees his bank manager walking down the street".
Chelsea Age 31, last year £15m (89th)
By leaving Marseilles for Chelsea a £24.5m transfer in July 2004 (a year after he had moved to l'OM for £3.3m), Didier Drogba increased his wages fourfold. In November 2006 he doubled them again with a four-year deal worth £90,000 a week. Eight months later that was tidied up to a nice round £100,000 a week. Two summers further on, it was extended by a couple of years to 2012 (by which time Drogba will be 34). His £4.7m annual basic can be significantly augmented with bonuses triggered when he wins trophies or tops 15 goals in a season. And let's face it, he usually does.
Chelsea Age 50, new entry
Sometimes it's worth a change of scenery. Carlo Ancelotti spent eight years as manager of AC Milan, collecting two more Champions League wins to add to the two he won in his five years there as a player. That pedigree prompted Chelsea to offer him a three-year deal worth £6.5m a year – with bonuses including £1m if the team wins the Champions League and another £1m for the Premier League.
In total, he could earn a tidy £10m a year – or £200,000 a week, enough to make even the most well-heeled player take note. With his past earnings at Milan and his Chelsea contract, Ancelotti should already be worth £17m. If he brings success to the Bridge, he could find himself rapidly rising up the Rich List.
Chelsea Age 28, last year £17m (88th)
Any man's loyalty would be tested by the offer of £250,000 a week. But John Terry snubbed Manchester City to remain as Chelsea's club captain.
His new contract is a mere £160,000 a week, although he also has the right to a testimonial, worth around £2.5m. Endorsements, headed by Umbro, supplement his wages. Terry's company Sports Market & Promotions is surprisingly light in net assets with just £315,000 in 2007.
Terry is among those to have invested heavily in property developments, some of them overseas, so this year we add just £1m to Terry’s valuation, taking him to £18m.
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