10 Best Football Agents in the World

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, and football players are celebrated like any Hollywood star. The youth gets deeply influenced by footballers, and in quest of similar fame through a fun sport, they, too, take up the sport. That is how, talent is born in football. But, it is not enough to have talent in this sport.

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It takes an experienced person to spot such talents among the youth, and establish a connection between the player and the teams. These experienced players make a career out of this, and earn commissions by ensuring that the top players get their deserved spot in the best clubs, and get their due. Let us take a look at the 10 Best Football Agents in the World.

10 Best Football Agents in the World

 

10. Barry Silkman

10 Best Football Agents in the World
10 Best Football Agents

Barry Silkman established himself as one of the top brokers for players’ transfers between some of the best football clubs in the world and made a huge fortune through it. He had also played football for nearly 16 seasons and after retirement from on-field, turned his passion into some serious business, off the field. His footballing career as a player was moderately successful and later also tried his hand in the management field during the 1990s, but what earned him millions is the current profession of him. The 61-year-old superstar football agent currently has a strong portfolio which includes clients like David Villa, Demba Ba and Ravel Morrison. With his on-going portfolio studded with super players, he occupies the tenth spot in our list of 10 best football agents in the world.

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9. Cezary Kucharski

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Top 10 Soccer Agents in the World

 

The footballing world has witnessed that most of the great agents try their best to draw talented players from their own native countries. The scenario of the affection towards their own native land absolutely makes sense as they have great network of contacts in their home countries. One such football agent is Cezary Kucharski who is also the best agent for supplying great talents from Poland. He chose some of the best talents from his own country and showcased them in his own brand in recent years. Kucharski currently has world-class clients like Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszcykowski, and the feat placed him in the ninth place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world. Besides his work as an agent, he also played sports actively till 2007.

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8. Jerome Anderson

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10 Best Agents in the World of Soccer

 

Jerome Anderson is noted as one of the best English football agents and successfully represented some of the best footballers ever to participate in the English Premier League during the last few years. He is also a banker besides his profession as football agents. Jerome Anderson has a long-term association with English club Arsenal and supplied some of the best talents the club ever received during the 21st century. With his portfolio studded with super players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Ian Wright, Anderson occupies the eighth place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world. He is also rumored to have close association with Manchester City but maintains his reputation throughout the world with his clients like Kieran Gibbs, Axel Witsel and John Obi Mikel.

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7. Tim Hager

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10 Best Football Agents of All Time

 

Tim Hager may not be as star-studded as the rest of the agents in the list but showed his extreme courage to represent some of the very best young talent in the football industry. He is known for mostly concentrating on the young talents from France who have all the skills necessary to be the best players few years down the line. With clients such as Yann M’Vila, Mamadou Sakho, and Antoine Griezmann, Tim Hager is placed in the seventh place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world. Most of his clients are still playing in the French football league but he is constantly in touch with several other clubs throughout the world. He is also reported completing a high profile transfer to Spanish club Atlético Madrid which gave him a little more boost in his agent career.

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6. Pini Zahavi

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10 Best Soccer Agents

Pini Zahavi is widely known for making the strongest team possible for English club Chelsea since the London-based club was bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich way back in 2003. He is known for being a main member of the inner circle of the billionaire and as a marvelously wealthy agent in the world. Besides his player supplying business, Zahavi is also responsible for negotiating contracts for all the star players which they need to sign within the initial 2-year spell after the transfer to Chelsea, and is also playing a major role in the recent purchases of the club. With his immense network in the football industry, he is noted as the first celebrity agent in the soccer business. With clients such as Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand, Pini Zahavi is placed in the sixth place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world.

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5. Mino Raiola

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10 Best Agents in the Football Industry

 

Famous football agent Mino Raiola is widely known for establishing his players into football-brands unto themselves, and for repeatedly transferring them between super-clubs which earned him a huge fortune in the process. Mino Raiola currently has clients such as Edinson Cavani, Premier league superstars Mario Balotelli and Etienne Capoue, and the young Paul Pogba, and occupies the fifth place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world. But besides all of them, Raiola made most of his fortune for being the agent of his elite member Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Zlatan repeatedly transferred from premium clubs to premium clubs and finally settled in the Paris Saint-Germain, and earned Raiola huge fortune in the process.

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4. Jonathan Barnett

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10 Best Agents in the World of Football

 

Jonathan Barnett represents a wide array of athletes starting from football to boxing and represents famous British-Canadian boxing legend Lennox Lewis. Barnett in 2005 was involved in the “tapping-up” relation with his client Ashley Cole. Barnett and Cole were reported to illegally negotiating with London club Chelsea without taking permission from his previous club Arsenal which violated the contract clauses of Ashley Cole. He, after the incident, withdrew himself successfully from the spotlight but remains as a silent preacher very much in the agent industry. With clients such as Ojciech Szczesny, Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, Darren Bent and Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett is placed in the sixth place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world. The record transfer of Bale to Real Madrid alone made Barnett a huge fortune.

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3. Pere Guardiola

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10 Best Soccer Agents in the World

Pere Guardiola, besides his reputation as a football agent, also has a very serious identity in the football sector. He is the brother of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. It helps to have family members who are legendary players and managers but Pere Guardiola, on the other hand, established himself in his own right as one of the best agents in the field. He recently made most of his fortune by the transfer of a Uruguayan to the Spanish club Barcelona. Yes, the $130 million transfer of Luis Suarez to legendary Barca. The transfer itself made Guardiola as rich that he can now compete with a Hollywood celebrity. With clients such as Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral, and Isaac Cuenca besides his crown jewel Luis Suarez, Pere Guardiola is placed in the third place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world.

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2. Paul Stretford

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10 Best Soccer Agents of All Time

 

Couple of years back Paul Stretford took a bet on an Englishman when the player was standing at just 16 years of his age. But surprisingly, that 16-year-Englishman eventually turned to Wayne Rooney. Rooney became one of the most marketable players in the world and Stretford, on the other hand, continued to play his major role behind the financial success of Wayne Rooney, and made his own fortune in the process. Stretford is solely responsible for the transfer of Rooney to the Red Devils Manchester, and still plays the instrumental role of his staying in the club whenever some situation arises or to re-extend the contract with the United. Besides football legends, he is also known for supplying superstar coaches such as Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp. With his star-studded portfolio, Paul Stretford currently occupies the second place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world.

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1. Jorge Mendes

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10 Best Agents in the Soccer Industry

 

Jorge Mendes with his enormous contacts in the world of football stands tall amongst the rest of the agents on the list. Surprisingly he never set foot on the ground as a player, but manages to have a good control over the players of his native land Portugal. He is responsible for all of the elite football talent that comes and leaves the country. If there is some enormous contracts needed to be done with Portuguese superstars, Paul Stretford always comes up first then anyone in the world.

He has a client setup that considered as the best in the footballing business and eventually became the first-choice agent for both the elite clubs and players. With clients such as Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, José Mourinho and many more to go, Jorge Mendes is placed in the top place in our list of 10 best football agents in the world.

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It is not easy to become a soccer agent. One needs to have the right amount of observation, experience and understanding of the sport, as well as the potential of the players, to become a good agent. One also needs to have excellent marketing and negotiation skills to offer a great presentation and strike the right deal.

10 Best Football Agents in the World

1. Jorge Mendes
2. Paul Stretford
3. Pere Guardiola
4. Jonathan Barnett
5. Mino Raiola
6. Pini Zahavi
7. Tim Hager
8. Jerome Anderson
9. Cezary Kucharski
10. Barry Silkman

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