Mino Raiola has become one of the most powerful individuals in world football – and according to a new report – one of the best paid.
The super agent has made a name for his fierce commitment to his clients, often rubbing up clubs the wrong way in the process.
Sir Alex Ferguson infamously labelled Raiola a “s*** bag” and a “bad agent” after his tactics during Paul Pogba’s Manchester United exit aggrieved him.
He recently drew the ire of the current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, when he proclaimed Pogba’s current stint at Old Trafford as “over”, just hours before a crucial Champions League clash.
Earlier this year, he went on a tour of Europe hoping to strike a deal for his biggest client Erling Haaland.
But his influence doesn’t stop there, Gianluigi Donnarumma is another of his clients to be involved in a long transfer saga, opting to leave his boyhood club AC Milan on a free, instead signing for Paris Saint-Germain.
He may not have the best reputation when it comes to his dealings with his client’s current clubs, the players themselves appear to have an unbreakable level of trust in him.
Raiola described Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record as “trash” in their first meeting, subsequently telling him he would need to do exactly as he says if he was to have a fruitful career.
That pep talk clearly worked, with the Swede fetching more than £150m in fees in a career that has seen him turn out for almost every major club on the continent.
And according to a study by OLBG, using figures from Forbes, Raiola’s earnings for his dealings dwarfs every other of his counterparts.
OLBG’s study claims Raiola makes £796,345 for every deal he makes – that’s in comparison to Jorge Mendes, who cashes in around £505,307 and the £153,073 Jonathan Barnett brings in per deal.
His elite stable of talent is also reflected by the fact his 77 clients are valued at £799,000,000 – more than £10m per player- in comparison to Mendes’ Gestifute at £6.36m and Barnett’s 673 players at ICM Stellar valued at £1.96m on average.
Raiola could be in line for another massive payday later this summer after it emerged Pogba had turned down a deal to stay with Man United.
The Frenchman has just 12 months remaining on his current contract, meaning the Red Devils could be forced to sell, else risk losing him on a free next year.
Either way, Raiola is set for another lucrative summer window and with the prospect of Haaland becoming the world’s most expensive player in the years’ to come, the good times don’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
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