5 most powerful agents in world football
Here is a look at some of the most powerful and influential agents in world football
Finances of professional football clubs have increased drastically over the last few years thanks to some bumper TV deals. European soccer stars are some the highest-paid athletes in the world. European club football has reached a stage where agents can demand virtually any amount of money from the club if they own a quality player.
These days agents play a role not just in facilitating a deal but also in deciding where the future of a player lies. Neymar deal during the summer of 2013 redefined the role of agents in football.
Neymar's father made a staggering €50 million from that deal and Barcelona had no option but to oblige to his demands. The same happened when Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United and when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
These powerful agents determine their own fee and clubs/managers have to agree to that if they want to make the deal happen.
Let's see some of the most powerful agents in football:
#5 Volker Struth
Volker is a German soccer agent and represents some of the biggest stars in German football and the Bundesliga. He brokered one of the toughest deal in 2014 when he successfully negotiated Toni Kroos' move away from Bayern Munich, the biggest club in German football.
Throughout his career, he has orchestrated some big deals like the one that took Marco Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund. He was also the one who identified Mario Goetze and made him the most expensive German player of all time, when he masterminded his move to Bayern Munich.
Throughout his career, he has negotiated some of the greatest deals for his clients, and is one of the most influential agents in football.
Total number of clients: 88
Marquee Clients: Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Benedikt Höwedes, Ömer Toprak, Gonzalo Castro.
Commission earned so far in 2017: $34.3 million.