Prominent football agent, Mino Raiola has tweeted to say he is alive, in response to multiple reports in Italy that he had died.
The Italy-born Dutch national, one of football’s most powerful and high-earning agents, tweeted: “Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to ressuscitate.”
His statement came after Dr Alberto Zangrillo from San Raffaele hospital in Milan told the news agency Ansa: “I’m outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting to survive.”
Raiola’s client Mario Balotelli took at swipe at the Italian media outlets that reported the death: ‘You need to be first huh? Shame on you and seriously be ashamed of your education, respect, values and responsibilities! #staystrongmino.’
Raiola is understood to have been battling a serious illness since January.
A tweet from Raiola’s official account in January said he had undergone medical checks requiring anaesthesia, but that he had not had emergency surgery.
He is representative to the likes of Pogba, Haaland, Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli, Marco Verratti and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Forbes estimated last year that Raiola’s personal wealth was in the region of £62m.
It was reported that Raiola earned as much as £20million from the world record £89m sale of Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016.