“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.”
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.
“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.
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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