“In unfathomable grief, we share the passing of the most loving and great football agent there ever was,” the agent’s family said in a tweet.
Mino Raiola, a football agent, died at the age of 54.
Raiola, one of football’s most well-known individuals, handled several of the game’s most prominent players, including Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Italian-Dutch agent was hospitalized to the hospital in January for treatment of a lung illness.
Raiola was reported to have died on Thursday in Italy, but this was quickly reversed.
However, his family issued the following statement on Saturday: “We mourn the departure of the most compassionate and wonderful football agent who ever lived.
“Mino fought until the bitter end with the same zeal he used to defend our players at the negotiating tables. Mino, as always, did us proud and never knew it.
The death of Raiola has been verified by his family.
“Mino’s work impacted many people’s lives and helped to write a new chapter in the history of modern-day football. His influence will be much missed.
“Mino’s aim to make football a better environment for players will be pursued with the same zeal.
“We appreciate everyone for their tremendous support during these difficult times and respectfully request that family and friends’ confidentiality be respected in this time of bereavement.”
Raiola, who was larger than life, was known for getting into numerous skirmishes with managers and directors in search of deals for his players, and he frequently clashed with the top people in football.
“He’s a traditional priest.” ‘Do as I tell you, not as I do….’ If Manchester City wins the Champions League this season, it will highlight how outstanding a coach he is – but I will despise it.
“I went for him that night in the halls at Wembley [after Barcelona defeated Manchester United in the Champions League final in 2011], but Adriano Galliani, the head of AC Milan, stopped me.” Guardiola is in luck.”
“At the end of the day, the Liverpool directors realized Klopp was unjust,” Raiola said after Liverpool sold another of his famous clients, forward Mario Balotelli.
“I won’t criticize him as a coach, even if he isn’t a terrific master tactician in my opinion.” It’s not enough to say Klopp was unjust: he was a jerk.”
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