Forbes has ranked Jonathan Barnett, agent to Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale as the world’s most powerful sports agent with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola also making the top five.
Barnett, who also manages Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Nigez owns the London based Stellar Group and has made over 99million pounds in commission and negotiated over a billion pounds of transfer fees and player salaries.
Coming second in the Forbes 2019 ranking is Baseball agent Scott Boras , with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes coming third. Jeff Schwartz, the most powerful basketball agent at No 4 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, De Ligt and Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola coming fifth.
Mendes negotiated Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m move from Real Madrid to Juventus last year, negotiated De Gea’s new 300,000 pounds per week salary and also represents the likes of Bernardo Silva and James Rodriguez.
Raiola, one of the world’s most outspoken agent who came into limelight when he started managing Mario Balotelli is fifth on the list with £54m worth of commissions.