After allegations of football agent Mino Raiola’s death, he tweets that he is still alive.
In reaction to repeated allegations in Italy and then rehashed throughout various European media sites that he had died, famed football agent Mino Raiola has tweeted to clarify he is alive.
“Current health condition for the ones wondering: angry off second time in 4 months they kill me,” the Italian-born Dutchman, one of football’s most prominent and high-earning agents, tweeted. They also seem to be able to resuscitate [sic].”
Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to ressuscitate.
“I’m offended by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a guy who is battling to live,” Dr Alberto Zangrillo of San Raffaele hospital in Milan told the news agency Ansa.
Raiola, whose clients include Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been battling a severe illness since January, according to reports. In January, Raiola’s official account tweeted that he had had medical exams that required anaesthetic, but that he had not undergone emergency surgery.
Raiola was born in Italy but raised in the Netherlands, and began his career as a football agent by assisting in the transfer of Dutch striker Bryan Roy from Ajax to Foggia, then serving as an interpreter in the transfer of Dennis Bergkamp from the Amsterdam club to Internazionale.
Pavel Nedved of Czech Republic was Raiola’s first big-name client, and he has progressively expanded his profile in Italian and international football since then. Raiola’s outspoken style hasn’t always won him fans among club executives, with former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dissatisfied with what he viewed as Raiola stirring up controversy over Pogba’s future.
Pogba and Haaland are likely to make two of the most important transactions this summer, with the Frenchman set to depart United once his contract expires and Haaland set to leave Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City are interested in signing the striker from Norway.