Football super-agent Mino Raiola insists his income is proportional to the money surrounding football today.
Much has been made of the exuberant amounts of money football agents earn as commission for facilitating moves for players.
There are few if any who earn more than Mino Raiola.
He is the agent to some of the biggest stars, including Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It was the then world-record transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United that really got the headlines.
His commission for that deal has been rumored to have been anywhere from 25 to 41 million euros.
In an interview reported by Football Italia, he admits he earns a lot but it’s retrospective to the job he does.
“My commission depends on the player’s salary, it’s the same for everyone. I don’t point a gun at anyone’s head.”
“Of course [it influences the market]. I don’t want to find myself on August 29 still deciding what needs to be done.”
“The point with the commission is: do I earn a lot or do I earn too much?”
“I agree that I earn a lot.”
“Today a big club is worth €4bn, it’s all in proportion.”
“Money is part of the show.”
Although the Italian insists money is inconsequential to him personally.
“Besides, it’s not money that motivates me.”
“I was already a millionaire at the age of 20.”
“I could simply lay on a beach and live off my income.”