Football Super agent Mino Raiola has died after illness at the age of 54, according to reports from Italy.
German publication Bild had claimed in January that Raiola was in intensive care in Milan with a pulmonary condition.
The multi-lingual football agent worked his way up from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential figures in the world game, brokering mega-deals involving some of the most prominent players.
More than 20 players playing in European leagues are represented by Raiola, and was known as Super Agent.
He represented a number of well known players including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba , Henrikh Mkhitaryan , Marco Verratti , Gianluigi Donnarumma , Matthijs de Ligt , Erling Haaland, Mario Balotelli among others.
On 8 May 2019, the Italian Football Federation banned Raiola from acting as an agent representative for three months for undisclosed reasons, while his cousin Vincenzo Raiola was banned for two months.
On 10 May, the bans were extended worldwide after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee absorbed the Italian federation’s decisions.
On 13 June 2019, after Raiola and his cousin appealed the original ban to the Federal Court of Appeal in Italy, they won, resulting in a revoking of the three-month ban.