Top 5 football agents in the world
Football agents normally negotiate footballers transfer fees and that means getting the best deal for their clients. Along the way, they also of course pocket crazy amounts of money for themselves. Read on to find out the best football agents in the world.
If networking is a person than it would be Mendes. Mendes stands tall amongst the rest of the agents because of his enormous contacts in the world of football. The Portuguese agent focuses more on the players of his origin, Portugal. He was known when he set up Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Sporting to Manchester United in 2003, and then the RM 400 million world-record move from United to Real Madrid in 2009. James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are some of his clients.
Paul Stretford is an English football agent who was responsible for Wayne Rooney’s financial success. He made the transfer of Rooney from Everton to Manchester United happen. He reportedly received RM 7.5 million out of the RM 135 million from the transfer. It was the highest payment ever received by an English-based agent at that period of time. Also, did we mention that Stretford is Rooney’s stepfather?
Familiar with the last name, yes Pere Guardiola is related to the football manager and former player, Pep Guardiola. Pere’s clients are Luis Suarez, William Carvalho, and Yuri Berchiche. Recently he made a fortune from the transfer of Luis Suarez to one of the richest football clubs in the world, Barcelona.
Recently named as one of the most powerful sports agents in the world by Forbes, he doesn’t only cover football, he also manages boxing and cricket players. He was responsible for transfers of Gareth Bale, Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford. In 2013, Barnett made around RM 70 million from Bale’s RM430 million transfer fee alone!
Raiola was involved in some of the most high-profile deals like Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United. He is known because he goes all out in order to get the best possible deal for his clients every single time. Some of his other notable clients are Mario Balotelli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, and Romelul Lukaku.
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