It is an information that shakes the world of soccer. The famous agent of players, Mino Raiola, was announced dead by several Italian media. He himself denied on Twitter.
Announced dead, Mino Raiola comes out of silence
Mino Raiola, known for being the agent of many soccer stars, such as Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or the PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, was announced dead on Thursday. The information was first delivered by the journalist Tancredi Palmeri, then confirmed by Tuttosport. Mino Raiola underwent emergency surgery in Milan in January due to a lung disease, he was then placed in intensive care. In recent weeks, his health condition had worsened.
After this shock announcement, some people close to Mino Raiola, including Jose Fortes Rodriguez, denied the information, claiming that Mino Raiola was in a very serious state of health. “I am outraged by the phone calls of pseudo-journalists who speculate about the life of a man who is fighting,” further commented Alberto Zangrillo, head of the anesthesia and intensive care unit of the San Raffaele hospital where Mino Raiola is currently hospitalized. Then it was the famous agent himself to deny the information, with irony, on his Twitter account. “I seem to be able to resurrect,” he slips.
The representative of Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Haaland…
The Italian agent has become very influential behind the scenes of soccer, representing many stars of world soccer. He is also behind several big transfers, such as that of the French midfielder, Paul Pogba, in 2016 to Manchester United for the cool sum of 105 million euros.
Known for his media outbursts and a strong temper, Mino Raiola is best known for being a fine negotiator. Before becoming the player agent he is known for, he grew up in the Netherlands and was predestined for a career as a pizza maker. He started his business career in 1987 when he bought a McDonald‘s restaurant. In 1992 he managed the transfer of Bryan Roy to Foggia, and a year later he mediated the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk from Ajax Amsterdam to Inter Milan.
He then officially became a FIFA player agent and put aside all his other activities. He created his company “Maguire Tax & Legal” in Amsterdam, then “Sportman“, based in Monaco.