Players and managers aren’t the only powerful people in the football world. These days, certain football agents are more recognizable than the players themselves. Tasked with negotiating big money transfers and getting the best deals for their clients, as well as pocketing some crazy amounts of cash themselves, agents are a hugely important part of the game. To succeed, they must be ruthless, shrewd, and determined, but who are the most powerful agents in the football business? Read on to find out.
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By Jon Belzer | Forbes | 25 September 2018
Another year, another billion dollars in deals negotiated for The World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents. With more than $33.4 billion in combined contracts netting $1.6 billion in commissions, the world’s top 50 sports agents have proven yet again that brain power and shrewd negotiating skills can be just as lucrative as the athletic prowess their clients display on the field and court.
MICHAEL Valkanis first felt the coaching bug bite when he was playing in Greece in his mid 20s.
And, thrust in to the interim coaching role at Melbourne City last week after the shock departure of John van ‘t Schip, the Victorian says he plans to enjoy his new role for as long as it lasts.
Soccer was always Valkanis’ calling given he started rising through the South Melbourne junior ranks from the age of six.
HE produced an outrageous ‘Zidane turn’ with virtually his first senior touch, against giants Juventus and set up a crucial winning goal with his last via a sublime pass.
All this in the space of 103 minutes and five substitute appearances for Melbourne Victory, aged 16.
This is why Ajax Amsterdam, world soccer’s best talent factory, came aggressively for Wangaratta-raised Seb Pasquali.