Italian super agent Mino Raiola has died at the age of 54 after suffering from a long-term illness. News arrives a few months later when Raiola is reported to have been hospitalized for a ‘minor surgery’.
MinoRaiola April 30, 2022
The news was announced by reporters in Italy and comes as a huge shock to the world of football.
Football’s “Super Agent”
Mino Raiola was one of the most important football agents. He represented the likes of top players in Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among others. His approach to clubs and the media has always been straightforward and upfront. As a result, his relations with clubs were rarely frosty.
However, Raiola has always been known to protect the interests of his clients above all else. He was most recently in the news during the January transfer window when he was on a “super-clubs” tour with Erling Haaland.
Mino Raiola was one of the most powerful football agents in the world.
His list of players was amazing:
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– Football Tweet ⚽ (Football__Tweet) April 28, 2022
Raiola has always made use of the talents of his clients to get the best deal for himself as well as for his clients.
The upcoming summer has been particularly lucrative for Mino Raiola, as the likes of Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland are on the cusp of profitable moves.
Close and dear to customers
Despite his often lukewarm relations with club executives and his less-than-ideal comments in the media, Raiola has always had a close relationship with his clients. Many of his clients, such as Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, considered him to be part of the family.
The news of his death undoubtedly comes as a huge shock to the world of football. Mino Raiola has become the label owner of the customer profession – both loved and hated in equal measure by many. Along with Jorge Mendes, he has been at the forefront of tremendous money making abilities in the profession. Perhaps his methods of action were not everyone’s cup of tea, but not many could claim that these methods did not produce results.
Mino Raiola’s reported death is a huge loss not only for his clients, but for the football world as a whole.