RAIOLA. Initially announced dead by the Italian press, Mino Raiola himself denied the information but is in a very worrying state.
The famous and extravagant football agent Mino Raiola was initially pronounced dead before several people, including relatives, immediately denied the information. Mino Raiola himself posted a message on his twitter account: “Current state of health for those who ask: pissed off. 2nd time in 4 months since they killed me. It seems that he is able to resurrect”.
Despite this ironic response, Mino Raiola’s state of health is considered worrying. Very close to him, the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic went to the San Raffaele hospital on Thursday afternoon to visit Raiola according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. Many players have also posted messages of support for their agent, such as the Italian Mario Balotelli: “I love you, wait for Mino.“
Mino Raiola, his death announced by mistake
Outlandish football agent Mino Raiola was pronounced dead at the age of 54 on Thursday 28 April. The information was given by the transalpine journalist Tancredi Palmieri then confirmed by the Gazzetta dello Sport before the latter was denied by several relatives including the author of the first tweet Tancredi Palmeri.
I deleted tweets on Raiola.
It wasn’t speculation or racing to be first.
I would never do anything like that on a matter like that.
The news was given by TgLa7, the most voted Italian news program; confirmed by all the major Italian media.
But I was wrong to tweet too, so I am mortified and I apologize
– Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 28, 2022
While he was reportedly hospitalized in intensive care last January for lung disease, Mino Raiola would be in critical condition. “I am outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists who speculate on the life of a man who is struggling to survive “a doctor from the San Raffaele hospital in Milan told the Italian agency Ansa.
Short biography of Mino Raiola
Mino Raiola was born in Italy, in the province of Salerno in Nocera Inferiore, before leaving for Holland in Harleem with his parents when he was only 1 year old. Mino Raiola will help his father during his childhood in the family restaurant “Napoli” before starting his studies in law. It was in 1987 that he embarked on entrepreneurship by purchasing a McDonald’s restaurant for the first time that he quickly sold. At the age of 20 he founded his own brokerage company, “Intermezzo”. Mino Raiola will soon take root also in the world of football becoming manager of the sports center of the Haarlem club and then sporting director of the club.. Through an agreement with the players’ union, he then becomes the representative of Dutch players abroad… In 1993 he intervened in particular as a mediator during the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp from Ajax Amsterdam to Inter Milan.
Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, Haaland, Ibrahimovic …
The Italian quickly becomes a key and very influential man in the world of football. If his career really starts in the Netherlands for several years, he will really start to make himself known when he takes the helm of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, then Ajax striker. In 2004 he managed to hire him at Juventus before moving to Barcelona where he will receive a large commission (over one million euros). During the summer of 2012 he also participated in the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimović at PSG and Pogba at Juventus. In the summer of 2016, however, he managed Paul Pogba’s record transfer from Juventus Turin to Manchester United for 110 million euros. He would have received a commission of 49 million euros in the operation, thanks to an extraordinary conflict of interest since he was both the agent of Juventus, both Manchester and the player. Shortly before his death, the Italian was also the agent of Haaland, a Norwegian football star who was about to sign a record deal this summer.
Here is the list of the top ten clients of Mino Raiola:
- Erling Haaland
- Matthijs de Ligt
- Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Paul Pogba
- Marco Verretti
- Stefan de Vrij
- Ryan Graveberch
- Hirving Lozano
- Moise Kean
- Donyell Malen
According to the Forbes website, Mino Raiola would have received 84.7 million dollars in 2020 thanks to the transfer fees of his clients. The Italian is a well-known and recognized agent in the world of football where the amount of commissions he asks for are sometimes disproportionate.
Sport Business Strategy, the agency of Mino Raiola.
Based in Monaco, Mino Raiola’s agency is called “Sport Business Strategy”. According to the Forbes website, the Italian has 77 clients in his agency where the value of the signed contracts is 848 million dollars that span a total of 118 years.