A statement released by Mino Raiola’s family confirmed the sad news that the super-agent, who represents the likes of Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba, has passed away aged 54
Erling Haaland has paid a touching tribute to Mino Raiola after the football super-agent sadly passed away at the age of 54 on Saturday.
Raiola has become one of the most well-known figures in world football and has represented a host of high-profile stars including Haaland, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Italian-Dutch agent was admitted to hospital in January, when he underwent treatment for a lung disease.
Italian reports on Thursday had indicated that Raiola had died that day, however they were soon corrected . But on Saturday a statement from his family read: “In infinite sorrow we share the passing of the most caring and amazing Football Agent there ever was.
“Mino fought to the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realised it.
“Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will forever be missed. Mino’s mission of making football a better place for players will continue with the same passion.
“We thank everybody for the huge amount of support received during these difficult times and ask for respect to the privacy of family and friends in this moment of grief. The Raiola Family.”
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Just hours after the tragic news was announced, Haaland turned out for Borussia Dortmund and scored a hat-trick as his side lost to Bochum 4-3. Following the game, Haaland took to social media and posted a picture along with Raiola, with the caption “the best”.
A number of messages have been sent out in the hours since his passing, including former Tottenham striker Mido. “Very sad to hear the news of the passing of @MinoRaiola. I learned so much from you and I wish I listened to you a bit more!! Always fought for his players no matter who was sitting on the other side of the table.”
Napoli striker Hirving Lozano scored during Napoli’s 6-1 win over Sassuolo before penning an emotional tribute to one of the great influences in his career.
“I was blessed to know you and learn from you. One of my great teachers in the leagues of soccer,” Lozano posted. “You are in a better place today because I am convinced that your legacy transcends life, no doubt.
“Living with you was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I will never be able to forget our talks and all the moments together. Pain is temporary, someday I’ll get over it, and it will go away, instead your memory will live forever in me. I’ll never stop missing you. I thank you for everything.
“I will honour your memory every step of the way on and off the pitch. Rest in peace Mino Raiola, sleep and dream while I arrive, we still have a second time to play.”