Mino Raiola, world football’s superstar agent, on Thursday, April 28, rubbished rumors of his death after a section of international media said the 54-year-old passed away due to illness. Raiola took to Twitter to express his frustration over ‘fake news’ for the 2nd time in 4 months.
“Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate,” Raiola said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the doctor who has been treating Raiola at the San Raffaele Hospital, Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, lashed out at the rumours, saying he was outraged by the phone calls he had been getting over the last few hours.
Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate.
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 28, 2022
“I’m outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting to survive,” he told news portal Ansa.
Dr. Alberto Zangrillo from San Raffaele Hospital in Milano tells Ansa on Mino Raiola conditions: “I’m outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting to survive”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 28, 2022
Raiola was admitted to the hospital in January but a statement from his team said he was subjected to ordinary medical checks, a few of which required anesthesia.
Mino Raiola, who began his journey in football as an interpreter, is one of the most famous agents. His star-studded clients included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba, Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
In 2020, Forbes ranked the Italian-born Dutch football agent Mino Raiola as one of the top 5 agents in sports and said he was worth USD 84.7 million. Raiola was born in Italy before he moved to the Netherlands during his childhood.
Notably, Raiola played a big part in Paul Pogba’s then world record signing by Manchester United. The Old Trafford club paid a record sum of £89m for the France forward who returned to United from Juventus. It was reported that Raiola earned 25 million from the Pogba deal.
In 2016, Raiola reportedly spent 9m to buy the villa of a famous American gangster, Al Capone in Miami.
Raiola’s client Haaland is the hot property in the transfer market as the Norwegian superstar is being targeted by multiple clubs, including Manchester City and Real Madrid.