|International football prosecutor : Mino Raiola|
Died at the age of 54 years. Sick for some time, he was hospitalized in Milan. The family announced the death with a statement published on the prosecutor's Twitter profile: "It is with infinite pain that we announce the death of Mino, the most extraordinary prosecutor ever. Mino fought with all his might until the last moment as he did to defend the family of players. And once again he made us proud of him, without even realizing it.
" He later added: "Mino has been a part of the lives of many footballers and has written an indelible chapter in the history of modern football. We will miss him forever and his project to make football a better place for footballers will be carried on with the same passion". "We would sincerely thank - it continues - those who have been close to him and we ask everyone to respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very painful time." Mino Raiola was born in Nocera Inferiore, in the province of Salerno, raised in Haarlem in the Netherlands, where his father started a restaurant business. He worked as a waiter and then started playing football in the youth team of Haarlem, where at the age of 20 he became head of the youth sector, while starting his entrepreneurial career with the first brokerage firm he founded, Intermezzo.
His business management and passion for football led him to mediate, in 1993, in the first major negotiations which saw the departure of Dennis Bergkamp and Wilhelm Jonk from Ajax to Inter. Since then the "King" of the market exploded, who became an agent of FIFA by founding the Monte Carlo-based company Sportman. His business continued with the transfer of Pavel Nedved to Lazio, while he continued to gain greater fame by taking under his wing a player of the caliber of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: in 2009 the Swedish transfer from Inter to Barcelona was widely discussed, where Raiola signed a clause allowing him to earns more than one million euros per year, paid for by the same Catalan club until 2014.
Among the main economic negotiations was also Paul Pogba on his return to Manchester United, from which the Frenchman left for Juventus on a free transfer and where, four seasons later, he returned for over 100 million euros, on a salary. 15 million per year and exorbitant commissions for agents. It is the same that Raiola asked for Donnarumma's renewal with Milan, where he was accused of leaving the Rossoneri club by the goalkeeper of the Italian national team, who had left for Paris Saint Germain .
"I am saddened and sorry for the death of Mino Raiola, he was a friend and interlocutor in work activities, someone of high quality and competence. We have lived many positive moments together, collaboration and intense work, with some contrasts but always right, respect for people and professionalism".
These are the words of Beppe Marotta, the current CEO of Inter and former Juventus, at Adnkronos, about the disappearance of the famous agent Mino Raiola. “The memories are many, one above all the double operation on Pogba with the trips from Manchester United to Juventus and from Juve to United. A great masterpiece in which Raiola plays an important role. The world of football has lost a great professional, often critical of the system but his criticism is very constructive for even better football", concluded Marotta. "For me Mino Raiola was linked with Ibrahimovic, the first time I met him was his agent". This is Fabio Capello's memory of the prosecutor who died today after a long illness.
"He is a very good person as far as I am concerned - Capello told Adnkronos -. He built a fortune and in a good way, with extraordinary abilities: he has shown that he can do what a prosecutor should be able to do". "The news of Mino Raiola's death hurts me and all of Napoli. Our warmest and most sincere condolences and our closeness to his family". Condolences from the president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, for the death of the Italian-Dutch agent.