Romelu Lukaku move to Manchester United leads 'super agent' Mino Raiola's eight greatest hits

We look at Mino Raiola's greatest hits that have now made him one of football’s most dominant agents.

Matt Monaghan
by Matt Monaghan
11th July 2017

article:11th July 2017

The infamous Mino Raiola has represented many of football’s finest during a career which has seen him transform from waiter at a pizza restaurant to football’s dominant agent.

Here we look at some of his greatest hits:


FRANK RIJKAARD

The Netherlands great got the ball rolling for Raiola, who helped negotiate his highly-successful move to AC Milan from Sporting Lisbon in 1988.

As an employee at Sports Promotions, he also helped Dennis Bergkamp’s move to Internazionale.

Frank Rijkaard (L)

Frank Rijkaard (L)

PAVEL NEDVED

The superlative Czech Republic winger was the first major client for Raiola after he struck out on his own.

He would take Nedved from Sparta Prague to Lazio in 1996, before €41 million (Dh127.7m) was paid by Juventus for him in 2001.

Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

The client most synonymous with Raiola. The brash Sweden superstar labelled the agent a “wonderful, fat idiot” in his book.

But together they have moved for transfer fees totalling £130m (Dh615.7m) to Juve, Inter, Barcelona, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

MARIO BALOTELLI

Raiola has been the biggest supporter of Italian football’s errant talent. The pair have generated plenty of headlines together in the back and front pages.

Raiola lured Balotelli by telling him they’d win three Ballon d’Ors together, words which now seem hollow.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

The quiet Armenia playmaker may not seem like a natural fit for the brazen Raiola. Yet he knew whom to hire to fight his corner.

Raiola reportedly threw a chair in frustration during discussions with Borussia Dortmund’s CEO to force a move to Manchester United.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

PAUL POGBA

Raiola took on Manchester United’s firebrand boss Sir Alex Ferguson about a then teenage Pogba and won. The free transfer to Juve caused the Scot to explode.

Last summer’s world-record move back to United supposedly came with a €25m (Dh102.5m) fee for Raiola.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

ROMELU LUKAKU

Extensive reports in England this weekend have cast a light on Raiola’s influence.

The Italian played a key role in United usurping Chelsea, warning them of talks stalling before gaining a higher cut of the £75m+ (Dh355.2m+) transfer fee.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Raiola became public enemy number one – yet again – after the prodigious 18-year-old goalkeeper turned down a lucrative new deal at AC Milan.

A U-turn is reportedly imminent, with the seething Rossoneri refusing to deal with Raiola to secure it.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma


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