The 5 most expensive deals for Raiola, the godfather of huge and profitable deals

The experts of the famous players’ agent, Mino Raiola, who died Saturday, April 30, after suffering from illness, are classified as the godfather of astronomical and lucrative deals in the world of transfer market for football stars, such as Norwegian Erling Haaland, French Paul Pogba, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Dutch defender Matthias de Ligt, And before them the Czech Pavel Nedved, the Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp, ​​the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic and many others.

Raiola, one of the strongest and smartest players’ agents in the world over the years, concluded high-caliber deals, as he was loved and appreciated by the players, as he simply achieved their material goals, while the clubs were “hate” for him because he forced them to pay a lot of money in exchange for her contract with one of his star clients.

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Winwin lists the 5 most expensive deals made by Mino Raiola during his advice in the world of star signings.

1- French Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United for 105 million euros)

The transfer of French Paul Pogba in 2016 from Italian Juventus to Manchester United, worth 105 million euros, was the most expensive in the history of football, as this transfer deal broke the record recorded in the name of Welshman Gareth Bale, who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for 100 million euros. in 2013.

According to reports, Raiola’s agent at the time received a commission of 27 million euros, and the CEO of Juventus at the time, Giuseppe Marotta, commented on the deal by saying: “The price of Pogba is 105 million euros, in addition to 5 million if Pogba extends his contract with United, and the player’s agent received 27 million euros after completing the deal.”

2 – Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United, 85 million euros)

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku moved from Everton to Manchester United in 2017, for 85 million euros, and the transfer was described at the time as the fifth most expensive deal in the history of the game and the most expensive in the history of transfers between Premier League clubs.

Press reports indicated that Raiola got about 40 million pounds from the deal to sell Lukaku, prompting the International Football Association (FIFA) at the time to open an investigation into the deal, but the English club was acquitted of the charge of unfair financial play.

Things did not go as well at Old Trafford as the giant striker Lukaku wanted, so he went to Inter Milan in a deal amounting to 80 million euros, before rejoining Chelsea for 115 million euros in 2021, and both of the last two deals were made by his current agent Federico Pastorello.

3- Dutchman Matthias de Ligt (Ajax to Juventus, 75 million euros)

After his remarkable career with Ajax Amsterdam, especially after reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19, Juventus decided to include the then 19-year-old Matthias de Ligt to its ranks in 2018, for 75 million euros.

De Ligt signed a 5-year contract with the “old lady” worth 8 million euros per season in addition to 4 million euros in bonuses; For a total amount of €12 million annually.

And the Spanish newspaper “AS” reported that Raiola received 11 million euros in commission for the transfer of his Dutch international client, who was 19 years old.

4- Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan to Barcelona for 46 million euros)

Barcelona abandoned Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, who moved to Inter Milan in a swap deal with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on July 27, 2009, with a 5-year contract.

After negotiations with Raiola, the agent of “Ibra”, the Catalan team paid 46 million euros to Inter Milan, in addition to the transfer of Cameroonian striker Eto’o and loaning Belarusian Alexander Hleb to the Italian club.

The Swedish international continued for one year with Barcelona due to his strained relations with Spanish coach Pep Guardiola and Argentine star Lionel Messi, to move to Milan on loan.

5- Czech Pavel Nedved (from Lazio to Juventus, 41 million euros)

Raiola’s first major deal was the transfer of former Czech football legend, Pavel Nedved, from Sparta Prague to Lazio, Italy, after the player’s impressive performance in the European Nations Cup in 1996.

After that, the Czech genius moved to Juventus, in a deal that cost the Bianconeri’s treasuries 41 million euros, and he played with him from 2001 to 2009, which was the best period for him in his football career, as he played 247 games and scored 51 goals.

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Nedved won two Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and the Ballon d’Or in 2003. He was also in the team that won the Italian league title in 2005 and 2006, which were later withdrawn from Juventus due to the match-fixing scandal known as “Calciopoli”, which It resulted in the fall of Juventus to the second division as a penalty, but Nedved chose to stay and participate in the return of the top team, to secure his place among the club’s most prominent legends. Nedved retired from football in 2009. He is now the Vice President of Juventus.


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