‘Don’t take the p*** in paradise’: Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli and Erling Haaland’s father lead tributes from football world for super agent Mino Raiola after his death at 54
- Mino Raiola’s family confirmed the super-agent had passed away on Saturday
- Raiola represented a number of high-profile players during his career
- Tributes have been made to the Italian following his death due to illness
Tributes have poured in for Mino Raiola after the super-agent, who represented Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba among others, passed away at the age of 54 due to illness.
Raiola’s death was confirmed by his family on social media on Saturday afternoon.
A statement read: ‘In infinite sorrow we share the passing of the most caring and amazing Football Agent there ever was.
Mino Raiola passed away on Saturday due to illness at the age of 54
‘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’.
The news was met with sadness by the football community, with a number of players, clubs and fans taking to Twitter and Instagram to pay respect to Raiola.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli paid his own unique tribute to Raiola
Alf-Inge Haaland labelled Raiola ‘The best’ when paying tribute to the super-agent
Former Premier League striker Mido thanked Raiola for helping him in his career
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli referred to Raiola’s no-nonsense negotiating style, writing: ‘Don’t take the piss in paradise, they know the truth… tvb Mino.’
‘R.I.P. The best,’ wrote former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, whose son, Erling, was also represented by Raiola.
Ex-Tottenham forward Mido added: ‘Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Mino Raiola. 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’s Hirving Lozano played on Saturday afternoon in Napoli’s 6-1 win against Sassuolo. Minutes after the final whistle, he sent out a heartfelt message on Instagram.
Hirving Lozano paid tribute to Raiola after featuring for Napoli on Saturday afternoon
Lozano posted a lengthy message on his Instagram reflecting on how relationship with Raiola
‘I was blessed to know you and learn from you. One of my great teachers in the leagues of soccer.
‘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,’ Lozano wrote.
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti sent out an image celebrating Raiola’s life after he passed away
Verratti shared an image of Raiola posing with the Ballon d’Or
Fellow player Marco Verratti, another client of Raiola’s, posted an image of the Italian holding the Ballon d’Or on his Instagram, with the caption ‘Grande Mino’ (Great Mino).
He was not the only PSG player to work with Raiola, and the club sent out a message on their social media account shortly after his death was announced.
‘Mino Raiola, charismatic sports agent, passed away today following an illness.
‘The club, through its President, sends its condolences to his family and loved ones,’ the French side wrote on Twitter.
A fan gave their own tribute, writing: ‘One of the most influential people in our beloved sport. He was a game-changer. Rest In Peace, Mino Raiola.’
A fan described Raiola as a ‘game-changer’ in an emotional post on Twitter