Mino Raiola has handed away the age of 54, it has been confirmed in an announcement from his household.
One of many world’s most well-known brokers, Raiola represented a number of the largest gamers within the sport and helped change the best way soccer transfers are performed.
Information that Raiola was critically ailing in a Milan hospital broke on Thursday, with the Italian even taking to social media to disclaim studies that he had handed away.
Nevertheless, in an announcement launched on his official Twitter account on Saturday afternoon, on behalf of his household, it was confirmed that Raiola has now died after a prolonged battle with sickness.
“In infinite sorrow we share the passing of most caring and superb soccer agent that ever was.
“Mino fought till the top with the identical power he placed on negotiation tables to defend our gamers. As typical, Mino made us proud and he by no means realised it.
“Mino touched so many lives by means of his work and wrote a brand new chapter within the historical past of contemporary soccer. His presence will ceaselessly be missed.
“Mino’s mission of creating soccer a greater place for gamers will proceed with the identical ardour.
“We thank all people for the massive quantity of assist obtained throughout these tough time and ask for respect to the privateness of household and mates on this second of grief.”
Raiola was born in southern Italy in 1967 however grew up within the Netherlands. He turned concerned as a soccer agent throughout his early 20s, working for Sports activities Promotions, and helped dealer strikes involving high-profile Dutch gamers together with Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp.
Raiola’s modern-day shoppers included Zlatan Ibrahmovic, Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marco Verratti and Mario Balotelli, and he’s extensively recognised as probably the most influential agent ever seen.