Super agent Mino Raiola 'undergoes emergency surgery' in Italy

Super agent Mino Raiola ‘undergoes emergency surgery’ in Italy, with 54-year-old representative of Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba under observation in hospital

  • Mino Raiola represents some of football’s biggest stars such as Paul Pogba
  • He is renowned for being tough to deal with for clubs at the highest level
  • Raiola has undergone surgery in Italy and remains under observation 
  • The surgery was described as ‘delicate’ and the 54-year-old is recovering  

Football super agent Mino Raiola has undergone emergency surgery after being admitted to hospital in Italy.  

The 54-year-old, who represents some of football’s top stars, including Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland, went under the knife in Milan and is under observation.  

According to Ansa and ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’, Raiola was hospitalized at San Raffaele underwent a very delicate surgery on Wednesday morning.

News of his hospitalization came as a shock to his players and arrived without warning.   

Mino Raiola has undergone emergency surgery and is under observation in hospital 

Paul Pogba (left) and Erling Haaland (right) are both top stars on Raiola’s books 

The nature of his illness or surgery is not yet known but he is anticipated to remain in hospital for the time being.  

The likes of Pogba, Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Mathijs De Ligt will no doubt be sending their well wishes to the man who has built a reputation as one of the world’s foremost agents.  

Raiola, who was raised in Holland after his family moved from Italy, has risen to the top of his field and negotiates multi-million pound deals on behalf of his stable of superstars.  

The January transfer window is an incredibly busy time but he will have to put a halt to his work after an apparently serious deterioration in health.  

Raiola, seen here with Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (left), is loved by the stars he works with

The 54-year-old Italian is expected to stay in hospital for several days while he recovers

The news will have come as a real shock to Mathijs De Ligt (right) and Raiola’s players

Last year, Forbes claimed Raiola was worth £62m and his personal fortune is only set to rise with the top young players on his books.  

A recent FIFA report into the dealings of agents has urged regulators to clamp down on the amount of money intermediaries can make from deals. 

But Raiola, along with Jorge Mendes remains a hugely significant player in the world of elite football and can be a kingmaker for sides seeking the top talents. 

He has previously made headlines for high profile clashes with clubs and has infuriated Manchester United over recent years by publicly discussing Pogba’s future and desire to move on. 

And it is thought that his association with Haaland deterred the Old Trafford club from signing him from RB Salzberg.  

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