November 4, 1967
Nocera Inferiore, Italy
Carmine "Mino" Raiola [ˈmino ˈrajola]; born 4 November 1967) is an Italian-born Dutch football agent representing a number of well known players, including Manchester United players Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Italian striker Mario Balotelli. He was also for many years the agent of former Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd.
Raiola was born in 1967 in Nocera Inferiore, Salerno, in southern Italy. He moved to the Dutch city of Haarlem a year later with his parents. Growing up in the Netherlands, his father opened a successful restaurant business where Raiola spent his younger years working as a waiter. At the same time, he obtained his high school diploma and attended University for two years, enrolling in the Faculty of Law. He speaks seven languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Dutch.
He started playing football for the youth team of HFC Haarlem, but stopped at age 18 in 1987 to become head of the youth of the team. After a brief venture as a player and administrator, Raiola remained involved in the football world, this time as a football agent. He began working at Sports Promotions, a sports agent company, and assisted in the transfers several high-profile Dutch players to Italian clubs, including Ajax player Bryan Roy (in 1992 to Foggia), Marciano Vink (in 1993 to Genoa), Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp (both in 1993 to Internazionale) and Michel Kreek (in 1994 to Padua). After a while, however, he decided to leave the company and start his own business. His first independent big transfer was Pavel Nedvěd's signing from Sparta Prague for Lazio following his impressive performance at UEFA Euro 1996, where Nedvěd's Czech Republic reached the tournament final.
More than 20 players playing in European leagues are represented by Raiola. He currently resides in Monaco. In 2008, he was involved in two disciplinary hearings instigated by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) for transfer irregularities.
In August 2016, after closing the world football transfer record of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, Raiola made a reported €25 million off of Pogba's €105 million transfer; he bought the Miami villa of one of America's most famous mob bosses, Al Capone, for €9 million.
Select past/present clients
- Zdeněk Grygera
- Zlatan Ibrahimović
- Martin Jol (football manager)
- Felipe Mattioni
- Mario Balotelli
- Pavel Nedvěd
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- Paul Pogba
- Étienne Capoue
- Blaise Matuidi
- Gregory van der Wiel
- Romelu Lukaku
- Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Moise Kean
Selection of transfer deals brokered
-  Eurozone: Balotelli the loser in fight with Mourinho by Pete Jenson, 20 March 2010 on The Independent
-  Nedved is Ferguson's big target by Daniel Taylor, 25 April 2003 on The Guardian
- "Il cacciatore di piedi: Mino Raiola" (in Italian). 18 March 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
-  Players list Mino Raiola
- "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 34/CDN (2008–09)" (PDF). FIGC. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 60/CGF" (PDF). FIGC. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 84/CGF" (PDF). FIGC. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Agent Regulation (Old Edition)" (PDF). FIGC (in Italian). c. 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Pogba and Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola buys Al Capone's home". ESPNFC.com. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- "Sporting briefs". Times of Malta. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Reals bud på Zlatan - en bluff (in Swedish)". Times of Malta. 2005-05-24. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Juventus nästa för Zlatan". Sydsvenskan. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Carmine Raiola owns Felipe" (Press release). .imscouting.com. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Mino Raiola will be the next agent of Mario Balotelli" (Press release). mario-balotelli.info. 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "AC Milan planning Inter raid for Maxwell". tribalfootball.com. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Empresário de Kerlon ataca e chama Emerson Leão de "burro" (in Portuguese)". Folha.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs with new agent to secure Liverpool transfer". metro.co.uk. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- "Ibra, Matuidi, Capoue : Les croustillantes indiscrétions de Mino Raiola" (Press release). footmercato.net. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "Matuidi change d'agent" (Press release). SoFoot.com. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- Dennis Bergkamp - The Iceman Website
- Nedved: I can retire happy
- "Operations concerning Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fabrizio Miccoli registration rights" (PDF). Juventus. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC SIGNS FOR INTER". Internazionale. 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- "Ibrahimovic signs five-year contract". FCBarcelona.cat (Press release). FC Barcelona. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "English Premier League spending tumbles". BBC News. 31 August 2010.
- "Man City complete Balotelli deal". BBC News. 13 August 2010.
- "Official: Pogba signs for Man Utd for €105m". Football Italia. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- "Mino Raiola warned Nice against Mario Balotelli signing". ESPN FC. 27 September 2016.