Football agent Mino Raiola dies at 54

Italian football agent Mino Raiola has died at the age of 54, his family announced Saturday.

A statement on Twitter read: “In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was.

“Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realized 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.”

Raiola was one of the most recognizable agents in football, representing some of the sport’s most famous players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Matthijs de Ligt, and Erling Haaland.

He oversaw a handful of lucrative transfers, including Pogba’s then world-record £93.2m transfer to Manchester United from Juventus in 2016.

This summer, Raiola was expected to be involved in the anticipated transfers of Pogba and Haaland.