We have heard that many people have been interested in knowing more about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola so we have here put together some information about him for all of you.
Mino Raiola is famous for beeing the agent of famous Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Italian striker Mario Balotelli. Mino Raiola was also the manager for famous Czech republic midfielder Pavel Nedved before Nedved retired. Mino Raiola is also the manager for an additional 20 players in various European leagues. Raiola current lives in Monaco.
Mino Raiola was born as Carmine “Mino” Raiola in Nocera Inferiore in the Salerna provice and moved to Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1968 when he was at the age of one. Mino Raiola has worked in the Italian restaurant that his parents owned already from an early age but stopped working there when he went to law school. In 1987 Mino Raiola started his own company. Mino Raiola has also tried to be a professional soccer player himself when he at the age of 22 joined HFC Haarlem.
His first work as a football agent was at Sports Promotions where Mino Raiola quickly worked his way up and soon he was an important agent at the company. Mino was involved in transfer of many Ajax players like Bryan Roy, Marciano Vink, Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp. After some time at Sports Promotions he decided to quit the company and start working for himself. His first major transfer as a football agent was the transfer of Pavel Nedved when Nedved signed a contract with Lazio.
After this Mino Raiola quickly started working with big names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mido and Maxwell and in 2004 Mino Raiola managed to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic sold to Juventus for 16 million euros. After the many deals with Ajax the relationship between Mino and Ajax because very harsh after both Maxwell and Grygera decided not to renew their contracts with Ajax. Both the players became free transfers and Ajax blamed Mino Raiola for this and decided not to work him for a long time.
However this was not a big problem for Mino since he has now made himself a big name and he was also very successful in managing the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to both Internazionale and Barcelona which were some of the biggest transfers in 2006 and 2009. Also in 2010 and 2011 Mino managed to be involved in a total of five transfers related to AC Milan since Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Mark van Bommel, Edanuelson and Didac Vila all had contracts with Mino Raiola or in other ways was involved with him.