Mino Raiola: football super agent dies at 54

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“In infinite sadness, we share the passing of the most caring and incredible football agent to ever exist,” the family statement read.

“Mino fought to the end with the same strength he brought to the negotiating tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realized it.”

No cause of death was announced in the statement released Saturday by the Raiola family.

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

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

Raiola represented some of the biggest names in world football, including players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland.
He amassed a huge fortune for arranging some of the most expensive transfers in history, with Forbes estimating his net worth at $84.7 million as of December 2020.

Despite his success, Raiola was a controversial figure, with some unhappy with his outspoken nature and the amount of money he demanded for the players he represented.

“My dad told me when I was a little boy that 50% of the people in your life will love you and 50% will hate you,” Raiola said in an interview with The Athletic in 2021.

“So I’m not here to be loved and loved by everyone. I’m here to be loved by my family and my players.”

Raiola was born in Italy but grew up in Holland, where he started working in the family restaurant.

As a decent young player himself, Raiola made the transition to football by becoming the technical director of local professional club FC Haarlem, according to the Financial Times.

From there, he began a career in a world he would eventually shape, becoming one of football’s best known and most recognizable agents.

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