Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Haaland agent Mino Raiola have died

The Italian agent died at the age of 54, his entourage announced on Saturday.

From Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paul Pogba to prodigy Erling Haaland or Gianluigi Donnarumma, agent Mino Raiola, whose death at the age of 54 announced his family on Saturday, was one of the most influential intermediaries in the world of football.

It is with infinite sadness that we announce the death of the most affectionate and brilliant player agent in history.“His relatives wrote on his Twitter account.

A cunning and divisive character

Willingly cunning and divisive, known for his delicacy and business acumen, the Italian-Dutchman was adored by his players, for whom he often won sumptuous contracts, but feared by clubs, who knew his qualities as a negotiator.

Sometimes it was hard to get along with the greedy Raiola. AC Milan know something about this: in 2021, they had to release (for PSG) the best player of the Euro, the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, in order not to satisfy the pretensions of the agent.

Raiola is also famous for the triple extraordinary commission won on the occasion of the transfer of Paul Pogba in 2016 between Juventus of Turin and Manchester United, a total of about 49 million euros for a transfer valued in total at just over 100 million euros, according to documents leaked to the press the following year.

He advised Ibrahimovic, Matuidi, Pogba and even Verratti

To become one of the most prominent players in world football, at the head of one of the most prestigious teams of players, Mino Raiola took advantage of the development of international transfers in the nineties, following the Bosman ruling, and the explosion. of television rights in the 21st century.

Born in 1967 in Campania, Italy, Carmine Raiola, by her full name, grew up in the Netherlands, in Haarlem, where her family moved when she was one year old.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2010. Mino Raiola

As a teenager, he worked in the family restaurant but above all began to become indispensable in the local football club, of which he became the leader in the early nineties.

Gradually, he became interested in player transfers, to the Netherlands and then to Italy. He was particularly involved in Dennis Bergkamp’s deal with Ajax Amsterdam at Inter in 1993 and then decided to go it alone.

The move of Pavel Nedved to Lazio Rome in 1996 was one of the first major moves for this man who speaks seven languages. His stable will continue to grow: Pogba, Ibrahimovic (a friend), Balotelli, De Ligt, Verratti, Donnarumma, Marcus Thuram, Kean or Haaland, a prodigy called to ensure the prosperity of the agent.

An agent who also faces FIFA, which seeks to regulate the profession and cover commissions: “How is it possible to put a limit on talent? It would be like putting a cap on the prices of Leonardo da Vinci or Rembrandt paintings“, thundered in December 2020 in TuttoSport.

With Mario Balotelli in 2010. Overview

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