Mino Raiola, the football agent who represented Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and others, has died at the age of 54.
Mino Raiola, an Italian football super-agent, has died of a disease that has yet to be revealed.
Through his official Twitter handle, his family confirmed his demise.
It should be remembered that Raiola was supposed to be deceased just a few days ago. He, on the other hand, tweeted a response refuting the report.
What the family has to say
Raiola’s death was confirmed by the family in a statement that read:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the most compassionate and brilliant Football Agent in history.
“Mino battled till the end with the same zeal he used to defend our players at the negotiating tables.” Mino, as always, made us proud without even realizing it.
“Mino’s work had such an impact on so many people, and he established a new chapter in the history of modern football.” His presence will be missed for the rest of my life.”
“Mino’s mission to make football a better environment for players will be carried on with the same zeal.”
“We appreciate everyone’s outpouring of support during these trying times, and we respectfully request that family and friends’ privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
“The Raiola Family.”
What you should know about Raiola
- The multilingual football agent started his agency career with a sports agent firm, Sports Promotion where he gained early experience in brokering deals involving players.
- He worked his way up from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential figures in football, brokering mega-deals involving big players.
- He was the agent to a lot of players in Football with the most prominent ones being the likes of Haaland, De Ligt, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.
- Others include players like Mario Balotelli, Donnarumma, Verratti, Lozano, Mkhitaryan amongst others.
- The 54-year-old was involved in some huge transfers in the world game. He brokered the £89 million deal which took Paul Pogba back to Manchester United from Juventus which was a world records fee back then in 2016.
- It was reported that Raiola earned as much as £20million from Pogba’s world record Manchester United deal, allowing him to purchase the former Miami home of notorious American mob boss, Al Capone.
- Forbes estimated last year that Raiola’s personal wealth was in the region of £62m.