You can never underestimate the impact of football agents to football as they, to an extent determines the career of their clients.
Football has recently been rocked with the story of Yaya Toure, his agent, Seluk and Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. The story being that Toure’s agent must must apologize for insulting his coach if he wants to ever play for the club again, leaving Toure in limbo. Is Yaya Toure’s agent among the top five agents in world football? Well, here are the top five.
- Thomas Kroth;
He happens to be a former footballer and German international but is now regarded as a top footballing agent. His clients includes Manuel Neuer, Shinji Kagawa, Sebastian Rode, Jose Holebas. Others are Matt Hummels, and Alexander Dragovic. He has negotiate $276.5m active contracts so far.
- Volker Struth;
German soccer agent Volker Struth has made a name for himself representing some of the biggest stars in the Bundesliga, considered by many to be the best football league in the world. Notable clients include: Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Toni Kroos.
- Mino Raiola;
The enigmatic Raiola has made a name for himself representing the world’s most elite soccer players. While not much is known about his methods, Raiola has attracted a stable of clients who have not only great skills but enormous popularity among fans. Included among those are Frenchman Paul Pogba, Italian striker Mario Balotelli and the salty Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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- Jonathan Barnett;
While Barnett’s first client was legendary Cricket player Brian Lara, he has made a name for himself since then representing some of the world’s best soccer players like Joe Hart, Luke Shaw, Sigurdsson. Representing well over 100 players throughout dozens of global leagues, Barnett manages the largest roster of clients of any single agent in the Forbes Top 50. Barnett is also often given credit for introducing Lennox Lewis into professional boxing.
- Jorge Mendes;
Simply put, he manages majority of the best players in world football. He has thrice been recognized as the very best FIFA’s Agent of the Year award by his peers. Mendes, who once worked as a DJ after his soccer career ended prematurely, began his career focused primarily on Portuguese players. Currently, Mendes’ active client contracts are worth nearly $1 Billion, headlined by Real Madrid forward Christiano Ronaldo. Others include James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, etc. He also manages top coaches like Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, amongst others.