He is one of the most powerful agents of world football and is famous for clashing with Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Carmine “Mino” Raiola, the Italian-Dutch sporting representative who represented several prominent football stars, has died at the age of 54.
He is one of the most powerful representatives in the world of football and represents Paul Pogba of Manchester United, Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Raiola’s family said: “Mino has touched so many lives through his work and written a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will be missed forever.”
They added: “Mino fought until the last minute with the very strength he put on the negotiating table to protect our players.
“Mino’s mission is to make football a better place for players who will continue with the same passion.”
He is believed to have suffered from a recent illness. His death was mistakenly reported on Thursday, something the family was conflicting with at the time.
The Dutch-Italian national is known for brokering some of the biggest transfers in the game’s history, including Pogba’s return to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m – followed by a world record.
He speaks several languages, including Italian and Dutch, and began his football career in 1993 when he was asked by the player’s then agent to help Dennis Bergkamp move from Ajax to Inter Milan in 1993.
Mr. Raiola got a job at the agency but later established himself. Since his death, he has been ranked fourth in the world on Forbes’ list of sports agents, with $84.5 million earned from commissions and $847.7 million in contracts with his players.
To protect the rights of players, the notorious agent is the one who arouses the wrath of fans and managers, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Raiola has endured a particularly controversial relationship with Manchester United, with the former Ferguson manager blaming him for Pogba’s early departure from the club.
However, he represented a number of players who later joined after Sir Alex’s reign, including Ibrahimovic, although his involvement is believed to be one of the reasons the club did not pursue Haaland.
Asked about whether his gentle relationship with Manchester United could mean he would never bring another player to Old Trafford, he said he was not interested – despite using stronger language – in an interview with The Athletic.
“I am independent. We only have one side that we take care of – our players – and as long as our players like us, you will do what you have to do,” Raiola said.