Mino Raiola, Football Super Agent, Dies at 54; Family Issues Statement
Raiola was the agent of big football stars like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Haaland.
New Delhi: Football super-agent Mino Raiola has passed away aged 54, his family have announced, tweeted sports website GOAL. Raiola was the agent of big football stars like Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Haaland. Raiola was also president of the Football Forum, which represented leading agents and their players.
“In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was. His presence will be forever missed,” the Raiola family said in a statement. “Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realised it,” it read further.
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— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 30, 2022
“Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. Mino’s mission of making football a better place for players will continue with the same passion. We thank everybody for the huge amount of support received during these difficult times and ask for respect to the privacy of family and friends in this moment of grief,” the statement added.
Raiola, who also represented Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, Italy forward Mario Balotelli and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, was a controversial and influential figure in world football, said the BBC sport.
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