Julen Lopetegui just lost out on a huge payout.
The former manager for the Spanish national team will no longer be receiving a paycheck to coach the team during the 2018 World Cup after he we was fired two days before the team's first match. Lopetegui agreed to become the new manager of Real Madrid FC, but did not let his employer, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, know that he was in talks for another job nor that he had accepted the position. That didn't sit well with RFEF president Luis Rubiales, who fired Lopetegui a day after the news came out.
The move to a new team cost Lopetegui almost $3.5 million ahead of the World Cup.
But his mistake is good news for Fernando Hierro who got pegged to be the next manager of the Spanish squad. If his compensation is the same as Lopetegui, Hierro will be the fourth-highest paid manager at the World Cup this year.
Spain is one of the premier teams each World Cup — it won the 2010 title in South Africa — so it's understandable that whoever is at the helm of a group that includes Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Diego Costa and David de Gea would be among the top managers in terms of pay. However, there are some surprises about who's at the top of the list as far as salaries go.
Here's a look at all 32 national team managers and their salaries (in both Euros and US dollars at the time of writing), according to TotalSportek:
Joachim Löw (Germany) - €3,850,000 ($4,463,924.85)
Didier Deschamps (France) - €3,500,000 ($4,058,113.50)
Tite (Brazil) - €3,500,000 ($4,058,113.50)
Fernando Hierro (Spain) - €3,000,000 ($3,478,383)
Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia) - €2,600,000 ($3,015,558)
Fernando Santos (Portugal) - €2,250,000 ($2,609,617.50)
Carlos Quieroz (Iran) - €2,000,000 ($2,319,660)
Gareth Southgate (England) - €2,000,000 ($2,319,660)
Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina) - €1,800,000 ($2,087,694)
Óscar Tabárez (Uruguay) - €1,700,000 ($1,971,711)
Héctor Cúper (Egypt) - €1,500,000 ($1,739,745)
José Pékerman (Columbia) - €1,500,000 ($1,739,745)
Juan Antonio Pizzi (Saudi Arabia) - €1,440,000 ($1,670,155.20)
Bert Van Marwijk (Australia) - €1,250,000 ($1,449,787.50)
Ricardo Gareca (Peru) - €1,150,000 ($1,333,804.50)
Juan Carlos Osorio (Mexico) - €1,050,000 ($1,217,991.60)
Akira Nishino (Japan) - €1,000,000 ($1,159,992)
Roberto Martinez (Belgium) - €1,000,000 ($1,159,992)
Åge Hareide (Denmark) - €1,000,000 ($1,159,992)
Vladimir Petković (Switzerland) - €850,000 ($985,993.20)
Hervé Renard (Morocco) - €780,000 ($904,793.76)
Heimir Hallgrímsson (Iceland) - €700,000 ($811,909.70)
Zlatko Dalić (Croatia) - €550,000 ($637,921.35)
Gernot Rohr (Nigeria) - €500,000 ($579,928.50)
Shin Tae-Yong (South Korea) - €450,000 ($521,935.65)
Janne Andersson (Sweden) - €450,000 ($521,935.65)
Hernán Gómez (Panama) - €400,000 ($463,942.80)
Óscar Ramírez (Costa Rica) - €350,000 ($405,877.50)
Nabil Maâloul (Tunisia) - €350,000 ($405,877.50)
Mladen Krstajić (Serbia) - €300,000 ($347,895)
Adam Nawałka (Poland) - €270,000 ($313,105.50)
Aliou Cissé (Senegal) - €200,000 ($231,930)