Due to false media reports, the world-renowned football agent Mino Raiola is still alive and in critical condition at the hospital.
In astonishment, the football world learned on Thursday morning that the 54-year-old agent of Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had died early that morning.
However, a few hours later, Raiola’s official Twitter account released a message denying such reports: “For those who are curious, my current health situation is good.
My life has been shattered for the second time in the last four months. Also seem to be able to revive.”
One of Alberto Zangrillo’s colleagues at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital, La Reppublica, cited him as stating, “I am angered by telephone callers who speculate on the life of a guy who is struggling.”
In January, Raiola’s official Twitter account claimed that he had undergone medical checks requiring anesthesia but had not undergone emergency surgery.
According to reports, he has an unrelated lung problem.
Raiola was born in Italy but raised in the Netherlands, and his initial foray into the world of football agency began with his work on the transaction that brought Dutch striker Bryan Roy to Italian club Foggia, and he later served as an interpreter in the transfer of Inter Milan’s Dennis Bergkamp from Ajax.
Raiola’s first big-name client was Czech forward Pavel Nedved, and since then he has progressively established his profile in Italian and global football.
Raiola’s outspoken style has not always been well received by club managers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the former Manchester United manager, dissatisfied with the Italian’s handling of the situation surrounding Paul Pogba’s future.
Manchester United signed Pogba from Juventus for £89million in 2017 and it was estimated that Raiola might earn up to £41million from the deal.
In an attempt to restrict the “excessive and abusive” amounts left in the hands of player representatives, FIFA says it aims to establish caps on agents’ fees, which he has criticized.