Intermediaries and agents
An intermediary is a third party that offers intermediation services between two parties, which involves conveying messages between principals in a dispute, preventing direct contact and potential escalation of the issue. In football an intermediary is exactly that and is the new term for a football agent.
A football agent is a representative and intermediary who handles the interests of a player or multiple players. An agent's key tasks are to negotiate contracts to achieve the best possible deal for their client. They can also be seen to secure sponsorship deals, manage their social media accounts and even be seen on holiday with their clients.
In England, only individuals and companies registered with the FA as intermediaries are allowed to handle intermediary activity on behalf of players and clubs playing football in England.
What is a super agent?
A super agent is an extremely successful and prominent agent. They are seen to have more power and ability to negotiate more ruthlessly than other agents. They tend to get what they want for their client and in turn themselves, by any means necessary.
The representatives behind some of football’s most well known footballers are super agents. Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola are perhaps the two super agents who are most often given this tag.
They have players including Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, David De Gea and Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku respectively.
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