Focus on Raiola: the player’s agent in front of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou.Bild: keystone
30.04.2022, 16:3130.04.2022, 17:54
The well-known player agent Mino Raiola is dead. The Italian was only 54 years old. Rumors of the player’s agent’s death were already circulating two days ago, but these were denied on Raiola’s Twitter account. Now Raiola’s family published the news of his death there.
“It is with infinite sadness that we share the passing of the most caring and amazing player advisor ever,” the family wrote. “Mino fought to the end with the same commitment that he showed at the negotiating table.”
Raiola grew up in the Netherlands as the son of Italian immigrants. The parents ran a pizzeria in Haarlem. The language talent allegedly spoke seven languages and was already a millionaire at the age of 19. Raiola had acquired a McDonald’s branch and shortly afterwards sold it on for a profit.
He got into football in 1992 when he was asked to help transfer Dutch international Bryan Roy from Ajax Amsterdam to Serie A at Foggia. A little later, Raiola was involved in the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp to Inter Milan – it was his entry into the big football world.
Raiola was a controversial figure because he is said to have demanded a lot of signing money for transfers from the footballers he was in charge of – we are talking about amounts in the tens of millions. He was told that he wanted as many changes as possible for his players so that they and he could benefit from it every time.
The most dynamic duo since Batman and Robin: Mario Balotelli and Mino Raiola.Bild: Getty Images Europe
A quirk of the stubborn negotiator: he dressed rather sloppily for important appointments and even showed up in sandals. This led to underestimating him once he revealed his tactics behind the choice of clothes.
His clients included Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli. Mino Raiola’s negotiating skills would have been in demand again this summer: Erling Haaland also trusted in the Italian’s services. The Norwegian striker from Borussia Dortmund is one of the biggest stars in world football and is being courted by Manchester City and Real Madrid, among others. Haaland’s departure from BVB will now have to be arranged without his advisor Raiola. (R.A.M)
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