Italian Soccer Agent Mino Raiola Has Died

MILAN (AP) – Mino Raiola, the influential and often controversial sports agent to some of soccer’s biggest players, has died. He was 54.

Raiola died after a long illness, his family confirmed on Saturday. He had been undergoing treatment at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital, where he was visited by Zlatan Ibrahimović this week. Raiola underwent surgery in January but it was said at the time that it was not life-threatening.

“In infinite sorrow we share the passing of the most caring and amazing football agent that ever was,” read a post from “The Raiola Family” on his social media accounts.

“Mino fought until the end with the same strength they put on negotiation tables to defend our players. As usual, Mino made us proud and never realized it. ”

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