Every transfer window there tends to be a big move, even in the winter January window. Whilst the players are the ones who make the headlines, earn the mega wages and sell the shirts with their names on the back, there is a group of people who allow all that to happen… Agents. Agents are often given a bad name by most football fans but without their help most football players wouldn’t make the transfers they do and earn the money they do as well. Here is a look at the top three agents who got paid the big bucks to represent their players in the 2014 summer transfer window.
1. Jorge Mendes – Notable moves this summer: Angel Di Maria & Radamel Falcao to Man Utd, James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, Diego Costa to Chelsea and Eliaquim Mangala to Man City.
Jorge Mendes is by far the most successful football agent after this summer’s transfer window. He represented the above five players in arguably the biggest moves that were witnessed across Europe. After the World Cup he will have been very pleased with himself as Diego Costa completed a £32m move to Chelsea from Atlético Madrid and James Rodriguez moved to Real Madrid for a move possibly worth £70m. The Portuguese businessman will have taken cuts of both deals and was then involved again as his client Mangala move from Porto to Man City for £32m. Those three alone would’ve represented a huge pay-off but he wasn’t done there. In the final week before the deadline, the man who helped sell Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80m was involved in a deal going the other way. Angel Di Maria departed Los Blancos for £60m and then was followed to Old Trafford by Radamel Falcao on deadline day. All in all Jorge Mendes’s wealth will have significantly increased between July-September 2014… Phenomenal!
2. Mino Raiola – Notable moves this summer: Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, Romelu Lukaku to Everton
Mino Raiola is a man well known to those who have read Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography. The maverick super agent has masterminded all of Ibra’s massive moves throughout his career after representing him since his Ajax days. With chunks of the Swede’s transfers to Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG you would think he already is a pretty wealthy character. Well add to that Mario Balotelli, the troublesome Italian who at 24 already has 3 big moves to his name. Mario joined Liverpool for £16m this summer, a smaller fee but as Ibra makes clear… the smaller the fee the club pays the bigger the demand the player and agent can make! His other significant move was representing Belgium youngster Romelu Lukaku in his £28m move from Chelsea to Everton. He clientele includes Paul Pogba, Marek Hamsik, Blaise Matuidi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who all could make big switches in the future too, look out for him!
3. Pere Guardiola – Notable moves this summer: Luis Suarez to Barcelona
Guardiola? Sounds familiar? Well Pere Guardiola is the brother of Barcelona legend and current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. Whilst his client list is small he does represent two of the best players in Europe: Thiago Alcantara and Luis Suarez. Whilst Thiago has already made the move from Barcelona to Bayern to follow Pep, Luis Suarez is the one who has made Pere a wealthy man! Suarez joined Liverpool in 2011 from Ajax and his form on the pitch was simply incredible with 69 Premier League goals in 110 games for the Reds. However, after a third biting incident at the World Cup in Brazil, he was handed a four month ban from football. This quickly ended his stay in Britain and a long awaited move to La Liga beckoned. Barcelona say they paid £65m to Liverpool whilst the Anfield club claim the cost was actually £75m. Where is that extra £10m? Well I don’t know, don’t get me wrong I haven’t a clue but if I were a gambling man I’d think Pere Guardiola may have an idea!
Agency certainly seems a lucrative business to me, only one question remains… How on earth do you get into it?! Someone find me some clients!!
By Gareth Thomas | September 3rd, 2014