Football is not complete without agents. They are the only authorized people by FIFA to act as middlemen in player transfer and contract negotiations. However, the player remains the boss and can sack the agent any time. Today, the business of representing players has become lucrative. Super agents like Jorge Mendes have emerged and they are making more money than the football clubs buying or selling players.
Let us take a closer look at the five main men in the transfer market today;
5. Mino Raiola- £18.7M
Galliani hanging out with former Milan striker Balotelli and his agent Mino Raiola in Monaco. pic.twitter.com/wJB2MtTS0F
— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) September 4, 2016
Mino Raiola is the super agent of bad boys. However, this does not mean he does not represent good players but when you have Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in your books, you are no joke. He earned good money when he orchestrated Paul Pogba return to Manchester United. Different sources have claimed it was in the region of £20M but no concrete figure is out just yet.
His clients include Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Blaise Matuidi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli, and Gianluigi Donnarumma among others.
4. Jose Otin- £19.2M
— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) May 17, 2017
La Liga main man apart from Jorge Mendes is, of course, Jose Otin. He represents many Spanish players among them Chelsea star Pedro. His commissions are in the region of £19.2M.
His clients include Vitolo, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, Jesus Navas, Pedro, Raul Garcia, Nacho Monreal.
3. Volker Struth- £27.8M
Volker Struth "Kroos" Agent: "Looking at fees these days & remembering that Toni cost €25M, you could argue he's the steal of the century." pic.twitter.com/qBxQiDOv93
— Toni Kroos (@KroosNation) September 14, 2017
Any club looking to sign players from the German Bundesliga just need to contact Volker Struth to get things done. He has amassed commissions in the region of £27.8M.
His clients include Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Benedikt Howedes, Sidney Sam, Omer Toprak, Gonzalo Castro, Josip Drmic.