Mino Raiola, the manager who represented some of the most well-known players in football, has died at age of 54.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, and AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic were among the players in the Dutch-squad. Italian’s
Raiola was also the head of the Football Forum, an organization that represents top agents and their clients. Mino battled till the end with the same zeal he used to protect our players at the negotiating tables. “Mino impacted so many lives via his work and created a new chapter in the history of contemporary football,” says Mino, who never realized it.
“Mino’s aim of making football a better environment for players will continue with the same enthusiasm,” the statement said.
We appreciate everyone’s outpouring of support during these trying times, and we respectfully request that family and friends’ privacy be respected during this time of loss.”
One of Raiola’s most prized clients, Norway striker Haaland, is close to signing a contract with Manchester City.
Raiola, who also represented Mario Balotelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy and Matthijs de Ligt of the Netherlands, was a divisive and prominent figure in global football.
He’d had run-ins with a number of managers, including former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
While allegations that Raiola profited £41 million from Pogba’s then-world-record £89 million sale from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016 fueled criticism of agents, Raiola claimed that the reputation of greed and excess was unjust.
Last year, Raiola commented, “It’s not great to hear the same preconception all the time.”
“However, if this guy is so greedy and terrible, how come his players are all pleased and remain with him?” the public may wonder.
Whether I claimed it didn’t concern me, I’d be lying… how could you tell if I was a good agent for Ibrahimovic? Ibra is the only one who can make that decision.
“My role is to secure the greatest deal for my player, not to wield power and influence. That’s all there is to it. And doing so entails providing him with a wide variety of services that most people are unaware of “My gamers don’t refer to me as a parasite, and I work for them. All that matters to me is what my teammates refer to me as.”

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