Reports emerged on Thursday claiming that the renowned football agent had died.
Mino Raiola and his representatives have contradicted reports in Italy that said he had died.
The 54-year-old was submitted to the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan on Thursday. Widespread reports later claimed he died. However, these claims have since been denied.
Alberto Zangrillo, head of the Intensive Care Unit at San Raffaele Hospital, told Italian news agency ANSA: “I am outraged by phone calls from so-called journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting.”
Raiola’s agency later branded the clams as ‘fake’ and his right-hand man, Jose Fortes Rodriguez, told Dutch outlet NOS: “He’s in a bad position, but he hasn’t died.”
Then, to add the final blow to reports of his death, Raiola took to Twitter to confirm he is indeed alive.
The Italian tweeted: “Current health status for the ones wondering: p****d off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate.”
Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to ressuscitate.
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 28, 2022
For months, Raiola has been dealing with an unspecified illness. He visited the San Raffaele last January, which first sparked fears over his health. His entourage described it as a routine check at the time.
Sky Sports has stated that Raiola is currently in ‘critical condition’ at the hospital but otherwise alive.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
Football super agent Mino Raiola is in a serious critical condition in hospital this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/m40wyb5BrW
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 28, 2022
The 54-year-old Italian is one of the most renowned football agents in the world. He has overseen several big-money transfers and boasts a large list of high-profile clientele.
The players that Raiola represents include Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba, Matthijs de Ligt, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt, Rolf Feltscher, and Mario Balotelli.