Mino Raiola, one of the crucial excessive profile brokers in world soccer, has died following a battle with sickness, a press release from his household mentioned on Saturday. He was 54.
Raiola represented a few of the sport’s largest gamers together with Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jesse Lingard, Blaise Matuidi, Hirving Lozano and Mario Balotelli had been additionally amongst his consumer listing.
On Thursday, information of his passing broke prematurely, which Raiola dismissed with a put up which learn: “Present well being standing for those questioning: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Appear additionally in a position to resuscitate.”
A press release launched by the Raiola household on Saturday learn: “In infinite sorrow we share the passing of probably the most caring and wonderful soccer agent that ever was.
“Mino fought till the top with the identical power he placed on negotiation tables to defend our gamers. As regular, Mino made us proud and by no means realized it.
“Mino touched so many lives by means of his work and wrote a brand new chapter within the historical past of contemporary soccer. His presence will endlessly be missed.
“Mino’s mission of creating soccer a greater place for gamers will proceed with the identical ardour.
“We thank everyone for the large quantity of help acquired throughout these tough occasions and ask for respect to the privateness of household and associates on this second of grief.”
Born in Italy in 1967, he moved to the Netherlands a yr later the place he represented HFC Haarlem as a participant at youth stage. Raiola remained in soccer regardless of not making it as an expert participant to turn out to be an agent, initially working for a corporation referred to as Sports activities Promotions.
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He left to begin his personal enterprise and his first main unbiased switch was Pavel Nedved’s transfer from Sparta Prague to Lazio in 1996.
In 2016, he brokered the then world-record switch of Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United for £89.3 million.