Mino Raiola is dead. Football loses one of its most influential player agents – and a very argumentative character.
Mino Raiola was feared and insulted more than once by disgruntled football coaches. Quarrel and confrontation were two main motives for a short life – and yet the career of the notorious consultant, including BVB striker Erling Haaland, also offers an almost romantic move.
Carmine Raiola made it literally from rags to riches. He died on Saturday at the age of 54 after a long illness. International football is losing one of its big draws.
“It is with endless sadness that we say goodbye to the most amazing football agent ever,” read his family’s statement, posted on Raiola’s verified Twitter account: “Mino fought to the last with the same force he had defended our players at the negotiating table. “
Haaland posted a photo of him and Raiola on Instagram. “The best,” wrote the Norwegian, adding a red heart.
Italian football mourns the loss of Mino Raiola
“Football loses the emperor of football transfers, one of the most powerful, richest and most controversial football coaches in the world,” read the headline Corriere della Sera. “Raiola, which started as a pizzeria in the Netherlands, invented the phenomenon of top players getting richer with each club change,” he said. Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Fate deprived Raiola of the chance to personally manage the transfer of Norwegian striker Haaland,” according to the Torino daily. La Stampa. Alf-Inge Haaland, father of the BVB striker, described Raiola as the best football coach ever.
“I am crushed. Mino was a friend and a person of high quality and competence. We have experienced many positive moments working together, even though we also had some quarrels, but Mino was always right,” commented Inter’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
“I have many memories of Mino, especially the double transfer of Paul Pogba, with the switch from Manchester United to Juventus and from Juventus to Manchester United. A great masterpiece in which Raiola played a big role. The world of football is losing a great professional , who was often critical of the system, but his criticism was always constructive for the sake of better football, “said Marotta.
Mino Raiola: Hoax attracted attention
False reports of the Italian’s death sparked a lot of excitement last Thursday, with Raiola still fighting for his life at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.
In Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Scandinavia and other parts of the world there was great excitement, it was not just about any player agent. Raiola was probably the most controversial, but almost certainly the most successful in his profession.
Mino Raiola: It all started in a pizzeria
It all started in a pizzeria on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Her parents emigrated to the Netherlands from southern Italy in 1968, when Raiola was only a year old. They then ran a restaurant in Haarlem, and the son helped to clean, wash up and bring the food.
Much later, Raiola, the gaming agent, also became known as “il pizzaiolo”, the pizza maker. According to his own statement, he never even stood by the stove.
Instead, he already had a young eye on the company’s finances, also studied law for a couple of semesters and learned several foreign languages - Raiola paved the way for his promotion, and the pizzeria became the starting point.
For she was also popular among prominent football representatives. And then Raiola got his first contacts in the industry early on, where he would later earn millions.
The little HFC Haarlem appointed him sporting director in the early 1990s, and a little later he was involved as an agent in his first transfer: Dutch national team player Bryan Roy moved from Ajax Amsterdam to Foggia. It was a relatively calm start.
For in the following decades, exceptional players like Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Gianluigi Donnarumma put their multi-million dollar careers in Raiola’s hands.
The players admired his business tactics, the clubs feared them. Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United boss, once called Raiola a “bastard” to convince Pogba to join Juventus on a free transfer.
Raiola also insulted in Dortmund when it came to the Haaland transfer. In the end, BVB sports director Michael Zorc must have “really hated him,” Raiola once said in Sport1, and there is a reason for that: “I’m ready to go to war for my players. I’m ready to do everything for them. As for my sons. “