News just surfaced that Arsenal has decided to name former PSG manager Unai Emery as the replacement for the legendary Arsene Wenger. Emery will have big shoes to fill when he takes over for the Frenchman. Wenger spent 22 years with the London based club and racked up a crazy amount of hardware. But Emry is no stranger to the big stage. He has managed multiple Champions League clubs and has won a multitude of trophies in the European Leagues. In a sport that is known for throwing a lot of money around, Emery has to have built quite a fortune right?
Unai Emery Net Worth: $13 Million
Turns out he is worth a whole lot of money! How did this player turn manager earn his fortune?
Emery was born in Hondarribia, Spain to a family already rich with soccer players. Both his grandfather and father had played Goal Keeper professionally and his Uncle played midfielder. He began his youth career as a left-side midfielder with Spanish side Real Sociedad.
After graduating from their Youth Academy he struggled to break into the first team, only making five appearances for the La Liga side while spending most of his time with Real Sociedad B in La Liga 2. He spent a decent amount of time with Spanish side Toledo between 1996 and 2000. After that, he would bounce around a few more clubs before retiring with Lorca Deportiva in 2004 at the age of 32. Emery would then begin to transfer into managing.
Emery was offered the Manager position at Lorca after suffering a major knee injury that contributed to his retirement. He was immediately a success, helping the club get promoted to the second division for the first time in their history. Emery would move to division two side Almeria in 2007 and help another team get promoted, bringing Almeria up into the top tier. The side would finish 8th the following season which would prompt Valencia to come knocking on Emery’s door. He would join los Che in 2008 and consistently appear in the Champions League with the club until 2012. He left the club to take the manager position at Spartak Moscow but would be fired due to poor performance in his first season. Emery would bounce back soon though.
Emery would return to La Liga to take over Sevilla. He would immediately make a splash, winning the 2014 Europa League Final. Emery would go on to repeat this feat two more times solidifying him as a top-tier managing talent. After winning three straight Europa League Finals Emery expressed his desire to leave the club. In June 2016 it was announced that Emery would be taking over the manager position at Paris Saint-Germain. He would qualify for the Champions League in both seasons with PSG and win the league in his second season. In April 2018 Emery expressed his desire to leave the French side which opened the door for Arsenal to pick him up.
Emery has a big void to fill in his new London home, but if he can find success he will have one of the most passionate fanbases behind him. Not to mention a lot of expendable income…