Mino Raiola, a football agent, insists FIFA is unnecessary and that he cannot believe that an organization with people in jail needs to control my business. The Sports Stakeholders Committee and the FIFA Council intend to implement new reforms for agents and clubs, fully altering the existing football business model.
FIFA says it can defend football’s reputation by instituting a ceiling on commissions and a licensing scheme that has enraged Raiola.
Raiola argues that the reforms will not favor players and will punish them, even though they will increase transparency in the transfer market.
Raiola, who represents major names in Italy such as Gigio Donnarumma at Milan, Matthijs de Ligt at Juventus, and Inter defender Stefan de Vrij, claims FIFA is part of an “old structure” that is no longer necessary in the new game.
“I believe FIFA should be eliminated. It is an outdated system. My dream is to see a modern football scheme, a more honest system, and industry. And hopefully, I’ll live to see it,” Raiola told The Athletic.
“When you have controversies every year, it’s no longer a coincidence. It’s a trend, it’s in your DNA, and it’s the reason your organization is what it is. So, in 2021, the big question is, “What is the point of getting FIFA?”
Raiola slammed FIFA and claimed that he is battling for the benefit of his customers, citing the current rules as a means of ‘taking away the strength of the player.’
“I cannot believe that an organization of people imprisoned wishes to control my life and business,” he said.
“I’m not going to consider it. I refuse to agree that they are my boss. I can not embrace their ability to govern things in a manner that is illogical, unethical, and contradictory to my values. I will battle for player rights because they want to strip away the player’s strength. And that is something I can not consider. I’ve never done so, and I never will.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 39-year-old forward for AC Milan, is one of Raiola’s clients, and the agent says his long association with the Sweden international shows that he is close to his clients.
The agent then explained how his role in the new world of football is to protect the players.
“Everyone knows I have a very close bond with my players,” Raiola said. “Zlatan and I have been together for 20 years, so our bond is much deeper. Zlatan is better than he knows. But I’m still there to defend him, to tell him, ‘Listen, you’re making a fool of yourself; stop.’ That has to be my job, to look at him and say, ‘You know, don’t do this.'”