I’m Not Dead, Still Very Much Alive – Mino Raiola

Popular and controversial football super-agent, Mino Raiola has denied media reports that he is dead.

It was widely reported all over the world that the football agent died on Thursday at the age of 54 following a brief illness.

Naija News reports that Raiola was hospitalised for an undisclosed illness in Milan, Italy in January and underwent major surgery.

In a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, Raiola said he is still alive, adding that this is the second time in 2022 that he is rumoured to be dead.

Current health status for the ones wondering: p***ed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate,” he wrote.

Also speaking, the head of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit of San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Alberto Zangrillo, condemned the death rumours.

The physician disclosed that Raiola is very ill and battling for his life.

He said: “I am outraged by the phone calls from pseudo journalists who speculate on the life of a man who is fighting”

Raiola’s right-hand man Jose Fortes Rodriguez told NOS in Holland: ‘He is in a bad position, but he hasn’t died.

He is the football representative to the likes of Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli, Marco Verratti, Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluiggi Donnarumma, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and many others.

Raiola has overseen numerous Ibrahimovic transfers around Europe, as well as Balotelli’s move from Inter Milan to Man City in 2010 and his subsequent switch to AC Milan.

According to reports, Raiola was negotiating Haaland’s potential move away from Borussia Dortmund this summer, with Manchester City thought to be the frontrunners.

The agent was also liaising with Pogba over his impending move away from Manchester United this summer. Raiola helped to orchestrate the Frenchman’s £89m move from Juventus in 2016 – a world record fee at the time.

This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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