Mino Raiola: football agent dies aged 54

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Mino Raiola, the world’s most recognizable football agent, has died aged 54.

Considered a “super agent” in the world of football, Raiola has represented some of the biggest names in the sport, from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Matthijs de Ligt and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

He was also the agent of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, 21, who is one of the most in-demand players in world football and is set to move to Manchester City.

A statement from his family read: “In infinite sadness, we share the passing of the most caring and incredible football agent to ever exist.

“Mino fought to the end with the same strength he put on the negotiating tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realized it.

“Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will be forever missed.

“Mino’s mission to make football a better place for players will continue with the same passion.”

Raiola was born in Italy but moved to the Netherlands as a child.

He started working as an agent in the late 1980s, his first major contract being the transfer of Pavel Nedved from Sparta Prague to Lazio in 1996.

One of the biggest deals overseen by Raiola was Pogba’s return to Manchester United from Juventus for €105m (£87.4m) in 2016.

(Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

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