Mino Raiola

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

Mino Raiola
Mino Raiola, de eigenaar van Grand Café Doria. NL-HlmNHA 54035048.JPG
Raiola in 1994, photographed by Ron Pichel
Born
Carmine Raiola

(1967-11-06) 6 November 1967 (age 53)
NationalityItalian
Dutch
OccupationFootball agent

BiographyEdit

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.[3] Growing up in the Netherlands, his father opened a successful restaurant business where Raiola spent his younger years working as a waiter.[4] At the same time, he obtained his high school diploma and attended university for two years, enrolling in the Faculty of Law.[5] 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.[6] 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 as part of a wider investigation of professional football by Italian authorities.[7][8][9][10]

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; subsequently he bought the former Miami home of one of America's most famous mob bosses, Al Capone, for €9 million.[11]

On 8 May 2019, the Italian Football Federation banned Raiola from acting as an agent representative for three months for undisclosed reasons, while his cousin Vincenzo Raiola was banned for two months.[12] On 10 May, the bans were extended worldwide after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee absorbed the Italian federation's decisions.[13] On 13 June 2019, after Raiola and his cousin appealed the original ban to the Federal Court of Appeal in Italy, they won, resulting in a revoking of the three-month ban.[14]

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.[15]

Select past/present clientsEdit

Selection of transfer deals brokeredEdit

Date Player New club Previous club Transfer sum
Winter 1988   Frank Rijkaard   Milan   Sporting CP Unknown
Summer 1993   Dennis Bergkamp   Internazionale   Ajax £12 million[36]
Summer 2001   Pavel Nedvěd   Juventus   Lazio €41 million[37]
Summer 2004   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Juventus   Ajax €16 million[38]
Summer 2006   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Internazionale   Juventus €24.8 million[39]
Summer 2009   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Barcelona   Internazionale €46 million[40]
Summer 2010   Robinho   Milan   Manchester City €35 million[41]
Summer 2010   Mario Balotelli   Manchester City   Internazionale £24 million[42]
Summer 2010   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Milan   Barcelona €24 million
Summer 2012   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Paris Saint-Germain   Milan €20 million
Winter 2013   Mario Balotelli   Milan   Manchester City €20 million
Winter 2013   Bartosz Salamon   Milan   Brescia €3.5 million
Summer 2014   Mario Balotelli   Liverpool   Milan £16 million
Summer 2016   Zlatan Ibrahimović   Manchester United   Paris Saint-Germain Free[39]
Summer 2016   Henrikh Mkhitaryan   Manchester United   Borussia Dortmund £31 million
Summer 2016   Paul Pogba   Manchester United   Juventus €105 million[43]
Summer 2016   Mario Balotelli   Nice   Liverpool Free[44]
Summer 2017   Romelu Lukaku   Manchester United   Everton €85 million
Summer 2017   Blaise Matuidi   Juventus   Paris Saint-Germain €20 million
Summer 2019   Matthijs de Ligt   Juventus   Ajax €75 million
Summer 2019   Moise Kean   Everton   Juventus €27.5 million
Winter 2020   Erling Haaland   Borussia Dortmund   FC Red Bull Salzburg €20 million

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