Who is Mino Raiola? The super-agent with a number of star studded clients

first_imgGianluigi DonnarumaHenrikh MkhitaryanHirving LozanoMario BalotelliGiacomo BonaventuraJustin KluivertLuciano NarsinghSergio RomeroIgnazio AbateMaxwellWhy is Raiola in the news?He clearly knows how to get a great deal for himself and his clients but this can come at a cost of frustrating a number of top clubs.Most recently, Raiola responded to criticism from United legend Paul Scholes on Pogba following the Red Devils’ loss to Brighton last weekend. Mino Raiola is no longer just another suit in the increasingly commercialised game, he is one of the most powerful super-agents in football.With clients including Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, he has been involved in some of the most high profile transfers of all time. 4 He was not good enough to make it as a footballer himself but was appointed FC Haarlem’s sporting director at the ripe old age of 19 after the club were impressed by his entrepreneurial skills.Raiola then moved onto an agency which looked after Dutch footballers and was involved in the deal which saw Dennis Bergkamp move from Ajax to Inter Milan in 1993.Which players does Raiola look after?Raiola has since built himself up to super-agent status with over 60 footballers on his books.The likes of Pogba, Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi are just a few players who are represented by Raiola.He was involved in the deal to bring Pogba back to Manchester United for a world record fee at the time of £86million in 2016, reportedly pocketing £41.4m in the deal. He also played his part in Lukaku’s £75m move to Old Trafford the following summer.Below you can see a list of some of his other clients. Raiola responded to Scholes’ comments questioning Pogba’s leadership skills 4 4 Raiola has been in the headlines recently, however, getting into a dispute with Manchester United legend Paul Scholes over the long-running issue of Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.But what else do we know about Raiola? Below you can see how the Italian-born agent rose up the ranks in football and which other star-studded clients are on his books.How did Raiola get into football?Although he was born in Salerno, Italy in 1967, Raiola grew up in the Netherlands, having moved to Haarlem at the age of one. He played an instrumental role in expanding his parents’ restaurant making pizza due to his dazzling sales patter. Raiola is far from friends with ex-United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who claimed he did not trust him from the moment he was the agent. 4 Raiola’s big break came when he was involved in Dennis Bergkamp’s move from Ajax to Inter Milan Raiola is involved with the former Manchester United striker Raiola reportedly pocketed £41.4million when Paul Pogba re-signed for Manchester united in 2016 last_img