Agent Mino Raiola has passed away. The advocate of major players such as Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Paul Pogba has turned 54 years old.
Italian media report that he had been in a hospital in Milan since January. It is unclear what exactly caused him to die. According to BILD, he has been in intensive care for weeks with lung disease.
The Dutch agent of Italian descent was born on November 4, 1967, in Nocera Inferiore. At the age of 1, he moved with his parents to Haarlem. He worked in his parents’ Italian restaurant Napoli. Later he went to study law and ended up in the football world. Through Sports Promotions from agent Rob Jansen, he became an agent himself.
He quickly got many clients in the Netherlands and Italy and grew into one of the best and most notorious agents. He always forced a hefty fee on transfers and contract negotiations. So he was very good to his football players as well as to himself.
He was involved in the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax to Juventus and he had several great players under his wing. In 2020 VI named him the most influential Dutchman in the football industry.
Agent of many Dutch players
One of his first things was the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp from Ajax to Internazionale. He was also the agent of the Dutchmen De Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Ryan Gravenberch, Calvin Stengs, Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen.