Rafaela Pimenta, the agent of Erling Haaland has predicted that the Norwegian striker will become the first football player to earn $1 billion through transfer fees.
After transferring to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Haaland has emerged as one of the best and most well-liked players in all of football, having already netted 20 goals for the Citizens.
City outbid a bevy of prominent European clubs for his signature, spending £51 million for his talent.
Given the Norwegian goal machine’s lethal form this season, the move is considered an amazing steal of a price.
Rafaela, who represents Haaland, thinks that in the future, his transfer value will set new standards.
In an interview with Sky Sport in Italy, she called the figure “one billion” without difficulty.
“That is what I believe, and if you combine his value to football, his brand, and his sponsors, it is unquestionably one billion”, she said.
“And if you compare, it’s normal to compare Erling [Haaland with Kylian] Mbappe so you have a little bit of an idea of the market.
“I think Erling will be the first player to achieve a transfer that will be around one billion.”
Father Alf-Inge provides advice to the former Borussia Dortmund striker, while Brazilian attorney Pimenta now takes care of all of late agent Mino Raiola‘s customers from his agency.
“I hope so,” she replied.
“If they want to discuss today, we’d be happy. Why not? Always good!”
Haaland signed a five-year contract, but according to his father, he would want to spend “three or four years at most” at City before taking on challenges in other European leagues.
The Athletic claims that Haaland’s City contract contains a €200 million (£175.5 million) release clause that becomes effective in 2024 and decreases in value over time.
Only clubs from leagues other than the Premier League are subject to the condition.
Erling Haaland: Is he The Best The Premier League Has Seen?
Erling Haaland, a standout for Manchester City, has been informed he may be the greatest player the Premier League has ever seen.
Haaland has made a quick impression since leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer and has appeared unstoppable when shooting.
He has so far scored five goals in three Champions League games and 14 goals overall in eight Premier League games.
He became the first player to score a hat trick in three straight home games following his hat trick against Manchester United his last time out.
The only teams to prevent Haaland from scoring this season are Bournemouth and Liverpool.
Haaland has been called “frightening” by former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who also thinks the Norwegian star might become the greatest player to play in England.
To BetfredTV, he said: “I think he may well be the best we’ve seen in the Premier League.”
“You look at the greats we’ve had over the years, including the fact that the Premier League has had potentially the best players in the world in recent times, and Erling is certainly putting in a case to be well up there.”
“Longevity is the only thing that’s missing. His stats are up there, his numbers are up there and his playing style is up there. If he does this over a long period of time then it’s going to be frightening.”
Agent Rafaela Pimenta
Rafaela Pimenta, a law professor, must have initially found it very intimidating when she learnt that she would succeed legendary football agent Mino Raiola.
The attorney is aware that in the competitive world of football business, what is written and signed on paper ultimately matters. Particularly when there is so much money in circulation and people are prone to renege on pledges and characteristics like trust for a few more bucks.
She accepted it, though, and chose the Raiola route. The Brazilian and the Italian collaborated for more than 18 years as part of a consulting empire that was constantly expanding.
Raiola was a wary individual who resisted having many people close to him. At his Monaco-based agency One, only Rafaela, his cousin Vincenzo, a communications specialist, a scout, and a secretary are employed.
Raiola nevertheless appeared to be a one-man show for years. Many others were concerned that his players would have to navigate life without their consignee when he passed away. After Raiola’s demise, many wondered what would happen to the careers of his clients like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba, and a host of others.
No one should have contacted the players up to this point out of respect, but there will undoubtedly be some advisors who wish to help themselves take down the One empire.
The bounce rate, though, won’t likely be all that high, if any. After Raiola’s passing, it became apparent that the agency was not just a one-man show and how important Rafaela Pimenta—the only non-family member with stock in the company—played in the operation.
She didn’t even raise the possibility that she was powerless to take action. Prior to finalizing Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus, she secured the transfers of Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax to Bayern Munich and Erling Haaland from Dortmund to Manchester City.