STEVEN GERRARD is earning an incredible £15.2MILLION-A-YEAR in Saudi Arabia.
The former Liverpool midfielder has become one of the world’s highest-paid bosses in his new role at Al-Ettifaq.
Al-Ettifaq boss Steven Gerrard is one of the top-five best-paid managers in the worldAFP
Gerrard only makes less than Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
The $20million tax free amount means Gerrard is only banking slightly less than £16m-a-year Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
And only Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone (£30m) and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (£20m) are also earning more than Gerrard.
It is this huge sum of money which finally persuaded the former Rangers and Aston Villa manager to make the controversial move to the Middle East.
Gerrard is now hoping to persuade former Anfield team-mate Jordan Henderson to join the club on a £700,000-a-week deal.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is another player in the Liverpool legend’s sights and he is being offered about £16m a year.
Zaha has yet to be completely convinced over making the move to Saudi Arabia.
But those huge wages could still see him turn down a new deal at Palace and make the switch.
Al-Ettifaq is based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia’s fourth biggest city.
While the country has strict laws completely banning alcohol, Dammam is just a 70-minute drive over the border to Bahrain, which is one of the most liberal countries in the region.
So Gerrard will be able to attract British players who know that despite living in an incredibly conservative country, would be just 50 miles from Bahrain’s bars, off-licences and nightclubs.
A number of stars have moved to Saudi Arabia this summer after the country’s Public Investment Fund, who control an 80 per cent stake at Newcastle, bought Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahli, Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is the most well-paid manager in the worldGetty
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is behind SimeonePA
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