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Mino Raiola, one of the most high-profile sports agents in the world, has died at age 54, his family announced Saturday.
Raiola represented some of soccer’s biggest international names, including AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
FILE – Mino Raiola in Naples, May 28, 2018. (Paolo Manzo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
FILE – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and players agent Mino Raiola during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow. (VI Images via Getty Images)
Raiola had been hospitalized in Italy and was “fighting for his life,” doctors said recently. Raiola issued a tweet earlier this week responding to reports that he had passed away, saying “Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in four months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate.”
But his family said Saturday that Raiola had, indeed, died.
FILE – Agent Mino Raiola accompanies Matthijs De Ligt as he arrives in Turin ahead of his signing with Juventus FC on July 17, 2019, in Turin, Italy. (Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
“Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players,” the family said. “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.”