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Mino Raiola, a Dutch-Italian super agent dies at the age of 54.


Image credit: Mundo Deportivo

Raiola was agent to high-profile players that included Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A statement shared by Raiola’s family on his Twitter handle read: “In infinite sorrow we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was.

“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.

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

BBC sites out Raiola's three biggest deals

1. Paul Pogba - Juventus to Manchester United - £89m - 2016

This transfer, taking France midfielder Pogba back to Old Trafford, was a world record at the time.

2. Romelu Lukaku - Everton to Manchester United - £75m - 2017

Belgium striker Lukaku split with Raiola in April 2018 and is now represented by Federico Pastorello, who conducted his subsequent transfers to Inter Milan and back to former club Chelsea.

3. Matthijs de Ligt - Ajax to Juventus - £67.5m - 2019

De Ligt led Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19, winning the Golden Boy award for the best under-21 player in Europe that season, before joining Juventus.

Raiola’s account tweeted in January to say he was undergoing “ordinary” medical checks and that he had not required “emergency intervention”.

The confirmation from Raiola’s family came two days after incorrect reports of his death spread. Alberto Zangrillo, head of the anaesthesia and intensive care unit of San Raffaele hospital in Milan, where Raiola was being treated, said: “I am outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists who speculate on the life of a man who is fighting.”

Raiola rose to prominence in the Netherlands and Italy in the 1990s and was involved in the deals that saw Dennis Bergkamp and Pavel Nedved move to Serie A.

Besides, Raiola was also president of the Football Forum, which represented leading agents and their players.

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