A football super-agent, Mino Raiola, has rubbished reports of his death.
The 54-year-old was reported to have died on Thursday after he reportedly suffered a lung disease.
In a tweet some minutes after rumour of his death surfaced, the Italian said: “Current health status for the ones wondering: pissed off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to resuscitate.”
Back in January, Raiola underwent checks in Italy after reports said he was rushed to hospital for surgery. However, his spokesman, debunked the claim, saying his principal was on a routine medical examination which required anaesthesia.
Raiola was born in Nocera Inferiore, Italy in 1967 and emigrated with his family to Haarlem in the Netherlands the following year.
A promising footballer growing up, Raiola took over the reins as the head of HFC Haarlem’s youth team aged just 20 in 1987 before beginning his career as a football agent.
He initially worked for Sports Promotions, a sports agent company, and helped broker a number of high-profile transfers involving players switching Dutch for Italian clubs, including the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Michel Kreek and Bryan Roy.
He then represented more than 20 top stars in the sport across Europe. He reportedly took home £41 million from Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United in 2016.
Haaland, Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt and Mario Balotelli were other clients of Raiola.