August 19, 2022

RIP

Football super agent Mino Raiola has passed away at the age of 54, his family have confirmed.

A statement from his family read: “In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was.

“Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realised it.

“Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will forever be missed.

“Mino’s mission of making football a better place for players will continue with the same passion.”

Raiola was born in Salerno, Italy, before moving to the Dutch city of Haarlem as a young child.

At the age of 20, Raiola became the head of HFC Haarlem’s youth team at the age of 20 before then pursuing his career as a football agent.

Having initially worked for a company called Sports Promotions, Raiola was responsible for brokering deals which involved players switching Dutch sides for Italian clubs.

He played a role in helping the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Michel Kreek and Brian Roy to secure moves to Serie A and worked as a football super-agent for the best part of 30 years.

As recently as last year, Raiola’s net worth was believed to be around £62m, according to Forbes, and had over 20 footballing superstars as part of his clientele.

He went on to represent the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Erling Haaland throughout his career.

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