The death was confirmed Saturday on the special agent’s Twitter account. He is 54 years old.
“Mino fought to the end with the same strength he used at the bargaining table for the players,” the message reads.
“He has impacted the lives of so many with his work and written a new chapter in modern football. We want to thank everyone for the support we have received during this difficult time,” the family wrote.
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In addition to Haaland, Raiola represented players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. He also had Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Matisse de Ligt on his list.
During his career, Raiola has been pivotal in several major transformations, and has helped make him fear over club leaders around the world. He was particularly known for his effective negotiating style, and players appreciated it.
Tori Pedersen, who became an agent after his active football career, believes Raiola was a “fair” player in the agent industry.
Difficult but fair. This was my impression of him as a customer, he continues.
Raiola became Haaland’s agent in 2019 and was behind the Norwegian’s move from Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund. “He’s the best in the game,” Haaland said.
Alfie Haaland, who worked closely with Raiola on her son’s career, mourns the agent’s passing.
“Rest in peace. The best”, he writes on Twitter.
Raiola faced one of his biggest transfers as a football agent this summer. Haaland is then expected to leave Borussia Dortmund.
The obituary has been answered
Raiola’s death was mistakenly reported by several media outlets earlier this week. Then he responded forcefully on his Twitter account. At the same time, it turned out that the 54-year-old was seriously ill.
On Saturday, there was news of his death. According to several media outlets, Raiola was taken to a hospital in Milan in January.
Raiola was born in Italy in November 1967 and moved to the Netherlands with his family when he was one year old. Among other things, he was a pizza baker before he started making agents.
His first big transfer came in 1993 when Denis Bergkamp left Ajax for Inter. In 2016, Raiola was said to have received NOK 250 million to help Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United.
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