Football agents are very important to football. This is because they play an important role in the beautiful game. Football agents spot footballing talents among the youths, and establish a connection between the player and the teams. They are also the ones who are authorized by FIFA to act as middlemen in the transfer of players and in negotiating a player’s contract.
Without doubt football will not be complete with this sporting middlemen. They are so many top football agents in world today, many of them manage the careers of the biggest football players. Some have also discovered football talents. Football agents earn a certain percentage of money from player transfers, hence they very rich too.
Today we’ll look at the top 10 most powerful, influential football agents in the world.
TOP 10 FOOTBALL AGENTS IN THE WORLD 2018
10. PINHAS ZAHAVI
The first on our list is none other than Pinhas Zahavi, a top Israeli football agent. Zahavi is known for his ties with Chelsea football club. He was the agents responsible for the sale of Chelsea to current owner Roman Abramovich in 2003 and the sale of Portsmouth to Alexandre Gaydamak in 2006. Zahavi was also the agent who was in charge of (at the time) record-breaking transfer of Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United to Manchester United for £30 million. He also played a role in Neymar’s move to PSG.
Players Pinhas Zahavi has managed and manages include: Javier Mascherano, Carlos Tevez, Rio Ferdinand, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, and recently Robert Lewandoski.
9. SIMON BAYLIFF
Simon Bayliff is a top football agent that has managed many of England’s greatest soccer stars. He was formerly associating with Wasserman sports management, buy now has launched his own company, Areté Limited.
He has managed : David Beckham, Michael Owen, and Jack Wilshere.
8. GIULIANO BERTOLUCCI
Giuliano Bertolucci is the agent who manages many Brazilian players, he has brokered the deals involving so Brazilian football players. He was responsible for the signing of most the Brazilian players who signed for Chelsea football club, including Lucas Piazon, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Nathan, David Luiz (twice).
He is associated with a company called Euro Export Assessoria e Propaganda Ltd.
Players Bertolucci manages include: Paulinho, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Oscar, Willian, Juan Jesus.
7. JOSE OTIN (BAHIA INTERNATIONAL)
Jose Otin is the founder and president of Spanish football agency, Bahia international. Jose Otin is responsible for the transfers of many Spanish players to the Premier League. Top footballers from Spain are represented by Bahia International.
Players managed by Jose Otin include: Daniel Pacheco, Fernando Torres, Pedro, Javi Martinez, and Jesus Navas.
6. PERE GUARDIOLA
Pere Guardiola is a brother to Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola. He is a co-owner of Media Base Sports Agency. In 2017, it was reported that Pere Guardiola had purchased part ownership of Spanish Club F.C Girina, along with Manchester City. Pere Guardiola is distinguished as one of the best football agents in the world. He brokered the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. He also manages his brother’s coaching career.
Players managed by Pere Guardiola include: Luis Suarez, Isaac Cuenca, Hector Bellerin, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara.
5. VOLKER STRUTH (SPORTSTOTAL)
Volker Struth is a top German soccer agent associating with Sportstotal football agency. He is a respected football agent, and earn his place on our list of top football agents in the world.
Struth is widely known to manage the careers of many top Bundesliga soccer stars
Players managed by Volker Struth Include: Fabian Schär, Julian Weigl, Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Toni Kroos.
4. PAUL STRETFORD
Paul Stretford is a topEnglish football agent. He founded his sports agency Proactive Sports Management in 1987, which he later renamed to Formation Group in 2004. He is known to have discovered Wayne Rooney and is also his step-father. Paul Stratford’s career has be full of controversy and embroiled with legal issues. He is popular for having represented Andy Cole and Wayne Rooney.
3. MINO RAIOLA
Mino Raiola is third on the list. Raiola is a top football agent known for spotting youthful talents, establishing the players into football stars, and for repeatedly transferring them between top clubs which earns him a huge fortune in the process. He was responsible for the ‘Pogback’ deal which saw Paul Pogba return to Manchester United for hundreds of millions of pounds. He constantly moves his players to big clubs in Europe.
Some players managed by Mino Raiola include: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mario Balotelli, and Romelu Lukaku.
2. JONATHAN BARNETT (STELLAR GROUP)
Jonathan Barnett is an Englishman and a top soccer agent who has managed the careers of most of England’s biggest football names. He is known for speaking his mind and for negotiating top deals and record-breaking transfers. Barnett was responsible for the move that saw Gareth Bale join Real Madrid. He is associated with Stellar group.
Some players managed by Jonathan Barnett include: Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Adam Lallana, Danny Drinkwater, Luke Shaw, Joe Hart, and Wojciech Szczesny.
1. JORGE MENDES (GESTIFUTE)
Who else would you think would top the list? Jorge Mendes, Of course is the top most powerful football agent in football right now. He manages a lot of the biggest football players and coaches. His net worth is said to be over 1 billion US Dollars. Mendes has overseen most the most expensive transfers in the premier league. He manages coach Jose Mourinho, who is also this fellow countryman. Mendes is the soccer agent for many of Portugal’s top soccer stars too.
Players managed by Jorge Mendes include: Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa, Bernado Silva, Emerson, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Nélson Semedo, Nicolás Otamendi, and James Rodriguez.
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