Football agent Mino Raiola has passed away, his family confirmed today, at the age of 54. The world-renowned agent was struggling with ill health and lost his battle in hospital, prompting an outpouring of support and reactions from across the football world.
Raiola was close with those in higher positions at Juventus, forming a strong bond over the year which has seen the Bianconeri sign seven of his clients over the years – with the first way back in 2001. His first deal for the Old Lady saw the club sign Pavel Nedved for €41 million – the Czech creator going on to win the Ballon d’Or whilst a Bianconeri player.
Three years later, in 2004, Raiola worked with Juventus to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic sign for €16 million from Dutch club Ajax. It would be eight years before Raiola’s next client signed for the Bianconeri, when they signed Paul Pogba from Manchester United on a free transfer. Pogba, a long-time client and friend of Raiola, was also on his books when the midfielder rejoined United for €105 million.
Blaise Matuidi’s €15 million transfer from PSG to Juventus was the next involving Raiola, in 2017 – before the double signings of Luca Pellegrini and Matthijs de Ligt in 2019. Finally, Moise Kean re-joined Juventus on loan from Everton last summer – the last deal finalised between the Bianconeri and Raiola.