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Mino Raiola: Legendary ‘Super agent’ dies aged 54

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The agent’s family announced his death by publishing a statement on Saturday.

One of the most influential figures in world football, Mino Raiola, has died aged 54.

Working as an agent since the 1980s, Raiola made his mark on European football by closing some of the biggest deals in the history of the game.

The Italy-born Dutchman represented the likes of Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Matthijs de Ligt.

“In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was,” a statement from Raiola’s family reads.

“Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realised it.

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“Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will forever be missed.

“Mino’s mission of making football a better place for players will continue with the same passion.”

Pogba’s £89 million move to Manchester United in 2016 remains Raiola’s biggest deal. The ‘super agent’ would most certainly break that record with Haaland’s next move, but he didn’t live that long to close the upcoming summer’s most-anticipated transfer.