Top facts about Manuel Pellegrini, the Engineer

Mon 27 December 2021 | 7:00

How much do you know about one of the best Chilean managers of all time? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Manuel Pellegrini life.

Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti, widely known as the Engineer, is regarded as one of the best Chilean managers of all time. Born in Santiago, Pellegrini's professional life began with Club Universidad de Chile in 1973, spending his entire career at the Chilean club and appearing in a total of over 400 matches in


's top division.

After retirement, he tried his hand at management, starting with Universidad de Chile in 1988, and went on to manage several clubs. In 2004, he was appointed as


manager, helping the club achieve a third-place finish in the 2004–05 La Liga season. The Chilean manager's fine performance did not go unnoticed by

Real Madrid

, moving there in 2009. After one season, the Engineer was dismissed; however, he amassed a total of 96 points.

He was named Malaga manager in 2010, leading them to a fourth-place finish in his first complete season. After three years, he left Malaga and joined Manchester City, helping them win the Premier League and Football League Cup in his debut season. Pellegrini also took the Sky Blues to their first-ever semi-final in the Champions League in 2015–16. The Chilean manager went on to manage Hebei China Fortune and West Ham United. Currently, he is a manager of Real Betis. To know some more interesting

top facts about Manuel Pellegrini

's life, scroll further.

Facts you need to know about Manuel Pellegrini

Let's take a look at the top facts about Manuel Pellegrini. Facts like Manuel Pellegrini birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Manuel Pellegrini age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti

  • Nickname:

    The Engineer

  • Date of Birth:

    16 September 1953

  • Age:

    68 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Santiago, Chile

  • Nationality:


  • Height:

    1.85 m

  • Weight:

    78 kg

  • Parents:

    Emilio Pellegrini Portales, Silvia Ripamonti Barros

  • Wife/Partner:

    Carola Pucci

  • Children:

    Juan Ignacio Pellegrini, Manuel Pellegrini, Nicolas Pellegrini

  • Occupation:

    Professional Football Manager

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    As a player: Universidad de Chile/ As a manager: Universidad de Chile, Palestino, O'Higgins, Universidad Catolica, Palestino, LDU Quito, San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga, Manchester City, Hebei China Fortune, West Ham United, and Real Betis

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    4 (at Universidad de Chile)

  • Net Worth:

    $20 million

Manuel Pellegrini Childhood

The first part of our article on top facts about Manuel Pellegrini is about his childhood.

Manuel Pellegrini birthday

is on 16 September 1953 in Santiago, Chile. Pellegrini was born to Italian parents, his father, Emilio Pellegrini Portales, and his mother, Silvia Ripamonti Barros. About his parents, not much information is available.

Pellegrini began football in the youth divisions of Audax Italiano, then he joined the Universidad de Chile youth system.

Manuel Pellegrini Career Stats

After reviewing

Manuel Pellegrini childhood

, let's take a look at Manuel Pellegrini career stats, that is, one of the significant-top facts about Manuel Pellegrini. In 1973, when

Manuel Pellegrini age

was 20, the Chilean former footballer joined Universidad de Chile and spent 13 years with the club, having not won any title with the club because the Chilean side was going through one of the most unsuccessful periods in its history. He made 451 appearances for the Chilean club and scored seven goals in the Chilean Division 1.

At the international level, Manuel Pellegrini earned one cap and in 1987, retired as a player after a match against Trasandino. He said: "We were playing in the Copa Chile against Trasandino. Our goalkeeper parried the shot of a rival player, I jumped to clear the ball, and behind me came a 17-year-old boy who jumped half a metre above me, and scored. That day I decided I couldn't keep going. If I had known where that boy would get, I would not have retired. I would have kept playing two more years."

Manuel Pellegrini Managerial Career

During his early years as a manager, Pellegrini was named manager of Universidad de Chile but left the team in the middle of the 1988 season to take football coaching courses in Europe. The Chilean manager went on to manage O'Higgins, Universidad Catolica, Palestino, LDU Quito, San Lorenzo, and River Plate before moving to Villarreal CF.

On 1 July 2004, he was appointed as Villarreal manager, and in his debut season, he helped the club achieve a third-place finish in the 2004–05 La Liga season; also led them to the UEFA Champions League. The club won UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2004 under Manuel Pellegrini. The following season, the Yellow Submarine reached the semi-finals of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League but lost to


, finishing seventh in La Liga that season.  

The next two seasons, Villarreal finished in fifth and second place in La Liga; the latter was a great success for the club. At the end of the 2008-09 season, it was rumored he was in talks with Madrid, but he said: "Nobody from Real Madrid has spoken with me. I have a contract with Villarreal, we finished the league today, and tomorrow we go on holiday." A month later, the club executive announced that the Chilean manager would no longer continue at the club, and on 1 June 2009, he took over Real Madrid with a two-year contract. He said: "Hard to say in a few words the excitement and pride that one feels for having been chosen to direct perhaps the most important club in the world."

After being Real Madrid's first manager, Pellegrini brought Kaka to Santiago Bernabeu and said: "If we want to win the Champions League and be the best team in the world, we need the best players in the world." Also,

Cristiano Ronaldo

, Karim Benzema, and Xabi Alonso were bought by Real Madrid. He could not achieve any title with Real Madrid.

During the 2009-10 season under Pellegrini, Real Madrid achieved 96 points in La Liga, a record in the Whites history, finishing behind Barcelona, who achieved 99 points. The Chilean manager was dismissed, and Mourinho replaced him.

Later he said: "I didn't have a voice or a vote at Madrid. They sign the best players, but not the best players needed in a certain position. It's no good having an orchestra with the 10 best guitarists, if I don't have a pianist. Real Madrid have the best guitarists, but if I ask them to play the piano they won't be able to do it so well. He [Pérez] sold players that I considered important. We didn't win the Champions League because we didn't have a squad properly structured to be able to win it."

In 2010, he was appointed as Malaga manager on a three-year contract, replacing Jesualdo Ferreira. After three seasons, he took over Manchester City. Praising for his attacking managerial style, he won the Premier League manager of the month for December 2013. During his three-year spell as a City's manager, Pellegrini helped the English club with one Premier League title and Football League Cup on two occasions, leaving Man City in 2016.

Before joining West Ham United, the Chilean coach was named manager of Hebei


Fortune, a Chinese Super League club. After two years, he moved again to Premier League and this time took over West Ham United. In the 2020–21 season, he becomes the manager of Real Betis, replacing Alexis Trujillo.

Manuel Pellegrini Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Manuel Pellegrini salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating top facts about Manuel Pellegrini.

Widely known as the Engineer, Manuel Pellegrini is regarded as one of the best Chilean managers in football history. As of 2021,

Manuel Pellegrini net worth

is estimated at around $20 million. Manuel Pellegrini salary as a Real Betis manager is €5 million gross annually.

Manuel Pellegrini Children & Wife

Football fans know about Manuel Pellegrini's managerial skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Manuel Pellegrini family

. The Chilean former footballer married Carola Pucci in 1988. Who is

Manuel Pellegrini wife

? Carola Pucci is a civil engineer and technical director. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Gasco company.

In the case of

Manuel Pellegrini children

, you might know Manuel Pellegrini wife gave birth to three sons, Nicolas, Manuel, and Juan Ignacio.

Facts about Manuel Pellegrini you did not know

Manuel Pellegrini nickname

  • Manuel Pellegrini nickname is given to him by his fans. He is known as the Engineer.

Manuel Pellegrini tattoo

  • The amusing fact about Manuel Pellegrini tattoo is that just like many footballers of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

Manuel Pellegrini Social Accounts

The Engineer, like many football managers, is active on Twitter and other social platforms. Manuel Pellegrini Twitter account (

@Manuel Pellegrini R.

) has around 46.8K followers.

Manuel Pellegrini height

  • Manuel Pellegrini height is 185m, and also, his weight is 78 kg.

More facts about Manuel Pellegrini

  • The Chilean manager has a degree in civil engineering. That's why fans nicknamed him the Engineer. Earthquakes in Chile had damaged a large number of buildings in 1985, Pellegrini helped by his knowledge rebuild the damages.

Manuel Pellegrini Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Manuel Pellegrini is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On leading a group of players

"To lead a group of players is to lead a group of people with different ways of thinking. You have to be prepared for that and know more than just about football. You have to speak a lot to the players, have to make them feel what you expect of them. Have to convince them. Therefore, it's very important for a coach to have a life outside football."

On his time at Villarreal

"When I arrived [at Villarreal] and I said what I expected of the club, nobody would believe it. But when we started working, and the players had the trust to do it, we had a lot of achievements: semi-final of the Champions League, second and third place in Spain. You must do it step by step to keep that mentality."

On managing big teams

"When you manage a big team like River Plate or Madrid, they are used to winning titles. The people are happy, but they are used to it. When you have an achievement like I had in Villarreal, reaching the semi-final of the Champions League, finishing second in the league, it's more than winning a title. It's more."

On Milner

"It would be very difficult to find a more complete player than Milner. There are players who are better technically. There are quicker players. There are players who head the ball better. But show me a player who does all the things that Milner does well, and there isn't one."

On Villarreal

"First, as an owner of the club, you must choose a style of football. After that, you must find the managers that will work with the young players in your team in that style. After that, you must put a manager in the squad with the same mentality. They followed me, what I did in South America, and they came for me. That is why I was so happy in that club. The mentality of the president is of a big team, that is why it was so easy to work there."

On his time at Argentina

"First of all I had three very successful years in Argentina. I don’t have any regrets about my time there. In River Plate we won the title, but we lost a game against Boca Juniors, and if you lose a game against Boca Juniors, you must accept all the reaction. Because you know you will suffer those reactions. That is the way you must manage."

On his managerial tactics

"Maybe other managers would see their team score one goal and then prefer to go back and counter-attack, then try to score the second goal. A lot of those managers are the best managers at the moment, but for me, it's very important to continue the way I play."

On his wife & children

"I am very lucky to have a wife who supports me, but the absence from my children was difficult from the moment I took a very difficult decision to have a career which requires so much dedication and focus, just like raising children."

Manuel Pellegrini TransferMarket

According to

Manuel Pellegrini transfermarket

, the former Chilean footballer played 451 times for one club (Universidad de Chile). During his playing time, Pellegrini scored seven goals. At the international level, Manuel Pellegrini earned one cap.

Manuel Pellegrini Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on top facts about Manuel Pellegrini will end with a list of Manuel Pellegrini's individual records and notable achievements. As a manager, Pellegrini won one Premier League title and Football League Cup on two occasions during his spell at Manchester City. Pellegrini also won one Primera Division title with River Plate, as well as the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup with Villarreal.

His notable individual achievements are Miguel Munoz Trophy (2007-08), Premier League Manager of the Month (four times), as well as Malaga Provincial Council (Gold Shield).

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