Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cesc Fabregas among a host of football royalty in attendance at Mino Raiola’s funeral, as the super agent is laid to rest in Monte Carlo following his death at the age of 54
- Football’s biggest stars attended the funeral of super agent Mino Raiola today
- Raiola passed away at the age of 54 at the weekend following an illness
- Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma were all spotted at the funeral, which was held at the Saint-Charles church in Monte Carlo
Football’s biggest stars gathered in Monte Carlo to pay their respects to super agent Mino Raiola, who was laid to rest earlier today.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG’s Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma all attended the funeral in Monaco – the Principality where Raiola had lived for so many years.
Raiola died at the age of 54 on Saturday following a battle with an illness. He was previously in hospital at the start of this year due to an undisclosed health issue, and underwent very delicate surgery in January.
His death shocked the world of football and now the group of footballing royalty he represented over the years were present for his funeral on Thursday, with a private ceremony held for family and close friends at the Saint-Charles church in Monte Carlo.
Swedish icon Ibrahimovic, 40, who has played for PSG, Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter across a 23-year career, was one of Raiola’s closest clients and was reportedly present at the Italian’s bedside when he passed away.
Along with Ibrahimovic, Haaland and Donnarumma, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal great Cesc Fabregas was also spotted at the ceremony, along with PSG midfielder Marco Verratti and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Raiola’s death plunged the immediate futures of his clients into question, with many gearing up for mega-money moves this summer.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland (left) and PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (right) were among a number of high-profile footballers who attended Mino Raiola’s funeral
Football’s super agent Raiola passed away at the age of 54 at the weekend following an illness
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured entering the church) was one of Raiola’s closest clients and was reportedly present at the Italian’s bedside when he passed away
Raiola’s coffin is carried into the Saint-Charles church in Monte Carlo on Thursday
However, Sportsmail understands that Raiola, who brokered some of the biggest transfers in football, has left plans in place for the future of his clients.
Haaland, one of Raiola’s most high-profile clients, looks set to join Manchester City at the end of the season, although a deal is not finalised.
With negotiations still to be held, reports in Germany suggest lawyer Pimienta, who will legally review and process Raiola’s deals, could wrap up the transfer instead.
Reportedly, a number of other advisors are hopeful of poaching Raiola’s clients behind the scenes. The likes of Paul Pogba, Verratti and De Ligt have all benefited from their representative’s world-renowned negotiating skills.
PSG duo Marco Verratti (left) and Xavi Simons (right) were also in attendance on Thursday
Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (centre left) shakes hands with Justin Kluivert before the funeral
Juventus legend Pavel Nedved (centre) was seen outside the church before the funeral
Raiola’s family penned a touching statement to confirm his shocking passing at the weekend.
It read: ‘In infinite sorrow, we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was.
‘Mino fought until the end with the same strength he put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realised it.
‘Mino touched so many lives through his work and wrote a new chapter in the history of modern football. His presence will forever be missed.
Haaland, one of Raiola’s most high-profile clients, is set to leave Dortmund and join Man City
MINO RAIOLA’S STABLE OF STARS
Matthijs de Ligt
Stefan de Vrij
‘Mino’s mission of making football a better place for players will continue with the same passion.’
Raiola brokered many mega-deals in his career, having progressed from working in a pizza restaurant to become one of the most influential figures in the modern game.
Last year, Forbes estimated his personal wealth was in the region of £62million.
It was reported that Raiola earned as much as £20m from the then world record £89m sale of Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016.
Raiola’s passing at the age of 54 was confirmed by a touching statement from his family
Haaland labelled Raiola ‘the best’ when paying his respects to the influential representative
Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have both benefitted from the agent’s negotiating skills
This summer was certain to be another busy window for Raiola, with Pogba also expected to be on the move after his contract at Old Trafford runs down, on top of Haaland’s inevitable blockbuster transfer.
Football was united in expressing sorrow after his death, with a host of players and club figures penning tributes to him on social media in the following days.
Haaland branded his former agent ‘the best’, while Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wrote his own unique tribute, telling Raiola to not ‘take the p*** in paradise’.
Pogba also paid his respects after changing his profile picture on Instagram to one of him with the representative, and saying: ‘Always in my heart. Thank you Mimi.’
His cousin Vincenzo, part of his team, posted a picture of the pair.
Vincenzo posted this picture of himself alongside Raiola in a picture shared on Instagram
Pogba also paid tribute to his former agent, saying: ‘Always in my heart. Thank you Mimi.’
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