Death of Mino Raiola confirmed.
Football agent Mino Raiola has passed away at the age of 54, his family confirmed on Saturday afternoon.
A statement issued via Raiola’s official Twitter account begins: “In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was.
Mino Raiola – family statement.
“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.”
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 30, 2022
Mino Raiola career.
Born in Italy in 1967, Raiola grew up in the Netherlands before beginning work as a football agent in the 1990s.
He was involved in the transfers of several high-profile Dutch players to Italy such as Dennis Bergkamp, Bryan Roy and Wim Jonk.
His most high-profile working relationship was perhaps the one he shared with Paul Pogba, with Raiola helping to broker the world record deal that saw the Frenchman return to Manchester United from Juventus in 2016.
That summer, two of his other clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also signed for the Old Trafford club but tensions would later sour between United and Raiola as he consistently speculated on the future of Pogba over the next few seasons.
In the upcoming summer transfer window, Raiola was expected to broker the deal that would take Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.
The confirmation of Raiola’s death comes just two days after unsubstantiated reports of his passing spread online.
After these reports, a tweet issued via the agent’s official account said: “Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate.”