Top La Liga manager beats Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho in 20 greatest managers of last decade

Top La Liga manager beats Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho in 20 greatest managers of last decade

- Diego Simeone was appointed manager at Spanish club Atletico Madrid in 2011

- The tactician has emerged the greatest manager in club football for last decade

- Simeone edged the likes of Pep Guardiola as well as Jurgen Klopp to the prestigious prize

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has emerged No.1 in the top 20 greatest managers of the last decade according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The Argentine tactician edged Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as well as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to the prestigious award.

This ranking by the IFFHS was done while considering the annual votes for the 20 tacticians in the last ten years.

Simeone became Atletico manager in 2011 and was able to break the Real Madrid-Barcelona dominance of Spanish football as he tutored his side to the La Liga during the 2013-2014 season.

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At 50, he has won the Europa League twice, reached the Champions League finals twice, and lifted the Spanish Super Cup as well as the Copa Del Rey.

Below are the 20 best managers of the last decade and the respective points total they received from the IFFHS.

20. Laurent Blanc (Al-Rayyan): 21 points

19. Jesse Marsch (RB Salzburg): 22 points

18. Leonardo Jardim: 25 points

La Liga club coach beats Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho in 20 greatest managers of last decade
Diego Simeone named greatest manager of last decade. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt
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17. Arsene Wenger: 25 points

16. Ernesto Valverde: 26 points

15. Jupp Heynckes: 34 points

14. Luis Enrique (Spain): 35 points

13. Sir Alex Ferguson: 35 points

12. Claudio Ranieri (Sampdoria): 36 points

11. Antonio Conte (Inter Milan): 53 points

10. Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate): 56 points

9. Mauricio Pochettino (Paris Saint-Germain): 56 points

8. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton): 57 points

7. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid): 59 points

6. Unai Emery (Villarreal): 70 points

5. Massimiliano Allegri: 77 points

4. Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur): 91 points

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3. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): 105 points

2. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): 144 points

1. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid): 152 points

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Lionel Messi has edged other superstars to the World’s Best Playmaker of the decade title, with fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo not making the top 10.

The Portuguese star is named in 12th position according to the latest compilation by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

This special recognition has been on annually since 2006 but now they have taken time to give a winner over the last decade.

Last year, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne beat the Argentine to win the to the title, but Messi had won it four times previously - 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

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