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Mino Raiola: Football super agent dies aged 54

One of football’s most prominent agents, Mino Raiola, died at the age of 54.

They had Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Paul Pogba (Borussia Dortmund), and Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) as part of their squad.

President of the Football Forum, which represented top agencies and their players, was also Raiola.

“His presence will be long missed,” the Raiola family stated in a statement.

“In unfathomable grief, we share the death of the most loving and great football agent there ever was,” it said.

When it came down to the wire, Mino battled with the same intensity he used in negotiations to protect our players. As per usual, Mino did us proud while being blissfully unaware.

A new chapter in modern football history was written because of Mino’s work.

Statement: “Mino’s aim of making football a better environment for players will continue with the same dedication,” it said.

“In this time of loss, we ask for respect for the privacy of family and friends and thank everyone for their tremendous support.”

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Haaland, one of Raiola’s most sought-after clients, is in the final stages of a deal to join Manchester City.

He also represented Mario Balotelli, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Matthijs de Light of the Netherlands. Raiola was a controversial and prominent person in the world of football.

When he was interviewed by BBC sports reporter Dan Roan in 2021, he said that he had benefited from his experiences with a number of managers, including former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool.

There were reports that Raiola made a profit of £41 million from the £89 million purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016, but Raiola claimed that the perception of greed and excess was unjust.

Raiola stated last year, “It’s not great to hear this same preconception.”

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“However, the public may also wonder, ‘How can his players all be happy and stay with him if he is so greedy and bad?'”

If I told you it didn’t affect me, I would be lying. In what way can you say that I was an effective representative for Ibrahimovic? That can only be determined by Ibra himself.

As a player’s agent, I have no authority or influence; my duty is to obtain my athlete the best offer possible. And that’s all there is to it. It’s also a good idea to give him with a wide selection of services that people aren’t aware of.

“My gamers don’t refer to me as a parasite, and that’s who I work for. All that matters to me is what my teammates refer to me as.”

In addition, Raiola has stated his objection to Fifa enacting new rules controlling football agents.

In February of 2021, Mino Raiola told ESPN’s Dan Roan, ‘I just care what my players call me.’

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Raiola’s three biggest deals

1. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United – £89m – 2016

This transfer, taking France midfielder Pogba back to Old Trafford, was a world record at the time.

2. Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United – £75m – 2017

Belgium striker Lukaku split with Raiola in April 2018 and is now represented Federico Pastorello, who conducted his subsequent transfers to Inter Milan and back to former club Chelsea.

3. Matthijs de Ligt – Ajax to Juventus – £67.5m – 2019

De Ligt led Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19, winning the Golden Boy award for the best under-21 player in Europe that season, before joining Juventus.

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