Forbes magazine has released its annual rich list for sports and this year’s edition puts owner of Boras Corp Scott Boras as the most powerful and richest agent in global sports.
Boras has successfully negotiated Major League Baseball player contracts worth a total of $2.19billion and the 63-year-old is expected to earn $132m in commission over the next few years according to Forbes.
The Californian represents nine baseball players which make him over $100m, while 13 more make his agency over $80m.
He is responsible for having negotiated massive deals for his clients, including Prince Fielder’s $214m deal with the Texas Rangers which ranks as the biggest alongside that of Chris Davis’ $161m agreement with Baltimore Orioles and Jacoby Ellsbury’s $153m contract with the New York Yankees.
However, in the world of football, one man stands out and it’s none other than Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes who is regarded as the wealthiest agent in the round leather game.
Though, figures reveal Mendes is far from Boras who has negotiated deals three times more than that of the 50-year-old Portuguese super agent who represents superstars like Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani of Valencia, Pepe, Renato Sanches of Bayern Munich and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as well as a host of several football superstars.
Mendes didn’t enjoy a favourable summer transfer window after his stable Gestifute international lost a reported $20m in commission last year as his European rivals made great strides to catch up with him.
Second behind Mendes in Forbes’ list is London-based Stellar Group Limited, owned by Jonathan Barnett.
The biggest asset on Barnett’s list is Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale plus 96 other clients, five more than Mendes.
It is understood Stellar’s current deals is worth $375m.
Third on the football agents Forbes’ list is Italy-born Dutch agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola caused a tremor in the summer when he brokered the biggest deal in world football when 23-year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £100m.
A massive deal that fetched the 48-year-old approximately £20m and another £10m on the transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Raiola looks after 51 players – the fewest of his peers – and has a reputation for spotting young talent very early.
Aside his three United stars, Raiola also represents Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.