Mino Raiola

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Mino Raiola
Born
Carmine Raiola

(1967-11-04) 4 November 1967 (age 52)
NationalityItalian
Dutch
OccupationFootball agent

Carmine "Mino" Raiola (Italian: [ˈkarmine ˈmiːno ˈraːjola, - raˈjɔːla]; born 4 November 1967) is an Italian-born Dutch football agent representing a number of well known players, including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt, Erling Braut Håland, and Mario Balotelli.[1] He was also the agent of former Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd[2] for many years.

Biography[edit]

Raiola was born in 1967 in Nocera Inferiore, Salerno, in southern Italy.[3] He moved to the Dutch city of Haarlem a year later with his parents.[4] Growing up in the Netherlands, his father opened a successful restaurant business where Raiola spent his younger years working as a waiter.[5] At the same time, he obtained his high school diploma and attended university for two years, enrolling in the Faculty of Law.[6] He speaks seven languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Dutch.[3]

He started playing football for the youth team of HFC Haarlem, but stopped at age 18 in 1987 to become head of the youth team.[3] 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 of 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 final.

More than 20 players playing in European leagues are represented by Raiola.[7] 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.[8][9][10][11]

In August 2016, after closing the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, Raiola made a reported €25 million from Pogba's €105 million transfer; he bought the former Miami home of one of America's most famous mob bosses, Al Capone, for €9 million.[12]

On 8 May 2019, Raiola was banned by the Italian Football Federation from acting as an agent representative for three months for undisclosed reasons, while his cousin Vincenzo Raiola was banned for two months.[13] On 10 May, the bans were extended worldwide with the decision from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.[14] On 13 June 2019, Raiola and his cousin won their appeals against the three-month ban, revoking the ban.[15]

On 22 January 2020, Raiola was among a number of high profile football agents including Jorge Mendes and Jonathan Barnett who threatened FIFA with legal sanctions following the planned cap on transfer payments.[16]

Select past/present clients[edit]

Selection of transfer deals brokered[edit]

Date Player New club Previous club Transfer sum
Winter 1988 Netherlands Frank Rijkaard Italy Milan Portugal Sporting CP Unknown
Summer 1993 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Italy Internazionale Netherlands Ajax £12 million[34]
Summer 2001 Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus Italy Lazio €41 million[35]
Summer 2004 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Juventus Netherlands Ajax €16 million[36]
Summer 2006 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale Italy Juventus €24.8 million[37]
Summer 2009 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Spain Barcelona Italy Internazionale €46 million[38]
Summer 2010 Brazil Robinho Italy Milan England Manchester City €35 million[39]
Summer 2010 Italy Mario Balotelli England Manchester City Italy Internazionale £24 million[40]
Summer 2010 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Milan Spain Barcelona Loan (€24M)
Summer 2012 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain Italy Milan €20 million
Winter 2013 Italy Mario Balotelli Italy Milan England Manchester City €20 million
Winter 2013 Poland Bartosz Salamon Italy Milan Italy Brescia €3.5 million
Summer 2014 Italy Mario Balotelli England Liverpool Italy Milan £16 million
Summer 2016 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United France Paris Saint-Germain Free[37]
Summer 2016 Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan England Manchester United Germany Borussia Dortmund £31 million
Summer 2016 France Paul Pogba England Manchester United Italy Juventus €105 million[41]
Summer 2016 Italy Mario Balotelli France Nice England Liverpool Free[42]
Summer 2017 Belgium Romelu Lukaku England Manchester United England Everton €85 million
Summer 2017 France Blaise Matuidi Italy Juventus France Paris Saint-Germain €20 million
Summer 2019 Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt Italy Juventus Netherlands Ajax €75 million
Summer 2019 Italy Moise Kean England Everton Italy Juventus €27.5 million
Winter 2019 Norway Erling Braut Håland Germany Borussia Dortmund Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg €20 million

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