Mino Raiola tweets that he is alive after the news of the death of a football agent | Soccer Agents

Prominent football agent Mino Raiola tweeted to say he was alive, in response to multiple reports in Italy, then repeated in other European media that he was dead.

The Italian-born Dutch national, one of football’s most powerful and highest paid agents, tweeted: “Current medical condition for those wondering: pissed off for the second time in 4 months they’re killing me. Also seem able to resuscitate [sic].”

His statement came after Dr Alberto Zangrillo of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan told Ansa news agency: “I am outraged by phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating about the life of a man who fight to survive”.

Current state of health for those who wonder: angry second time in 4 months they kill me. Also seem able to resurrect.

—Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 28, 2022

Raiola, whose clients include Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been living with a serious illness since January. A tweet from Raiola’s official account in January said he underwent medical checks requiring anesthesia, but did not undergo emergency surgery.

Raiola was born in Italy but raised in the Netherlands and first entered the world of the football agency working on the deal that brought Dutch striker Bryan Roy to Foggia from Ajax, before acting as an interpreter during the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp from Amsterdam. club at Internazionale.

Czech star Pavel Nedved became Raiola’s first major client and he gradually built his reputation in Italian and world football over the years. Raiola’s often outspoken approach has not always endeared him to club managers, with former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær unhappy with what he saw as the Italian stirring up trouble over the future of Pogba.

Pogba and Haaland are set to make two of the biggest transfers this summer, with the Frenchman available for free at the end of his contract at United and Haaland set to leave Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City intend to sign the Norwegian striker.

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