While the Pogba family is arguing about who blackmailed whom, who didn’t give money to whom and who neglected whom and in what way, a name that has been relatively unknown to the general public has been circulating in the public space – that of Rafaela Pimenta .
“The fans need to know what kind of person she is, her level of professionalism and her loyalty, so that everyone can judge whether she deserves to represent him,” Matias Pogba threatened in his first social media video, speaking of Pimenta.
The world champion’s team immediately responded to the allegations and, in turn, stated that Mathias was part of an organized crime group that blackmailed Paul Pogba for 13 years.
During his lifetime, Mino Raiola often received similar accusations – of a lack of professionalism and loyalty, of excessive arrogance and ungentlemanly behavior, but the former pizzeria always defended his methods of work. We expect the same from his successor.
Who is Rafaela Pimenta?
Already declared the most powerful woman in football, Pimenta graduated in law at the University of Sao Paulo, after which she worked as part of the team of Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso (1995 – 2002).
It was at this time – at the beginning of the new century – that he met Mino Raiola. They meet in South America. Raffaella impresses the Italian with the fact that she is a true football fan. When she was younger, she became an agent and helped two Brazilians, Rivaldo (not Vitor Borba Ferreira) and Cesar Sampaio, move to a local club in Sao Paulo.
Born in São Paulo herself, Pimenta also speaks six languages. Her love of football, legal education and the fact that she is a polyglot earned her the position of Raiola’s right-hand man. Raffaella moved to Monte Carlo, where he became a partner of the Italian in the sports law office “One”.
Mino Raiola died at the end of April. The Italian was the agent of some of the biggest stars of world football. In addition to Pogba, his portfolio includes names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Erling Haaland, Mario Balotelli, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mathais de Ligt and others. Pimenta, who has been Raiola’s agency partner and right-hand man for 18 years, is believed to have a major role in the transfers of these and many other high-profile players.
Although Raiola had two sons as heirs – Mario and Gabriele – after his death, the football agent’s business was run by Pimenta, who has already been described as the most powerful woman in football.
However, Raffaella works alongside Mario and Gabriele, who are clearly keen to continue the family business. After the sudden death of Raiola, it was she who had to negotiate Haaland’s transfer to Manchester City, Pogba’s return to Juventus and dozens of other deals this transfer summer.
Pimenta is very close to Pogba and his family. The Frenchman’s children know her as Aunt Rafa, which is why the Brazilian has taken Pogba’s defense so seriously and the task of clearing his name in the family feud with his brother.
Raiola’s heiress is still relatively new to the football business, which is why there is no information on exactly how much her fortune amounts to. What is clear to all is that Pimenta inherited a company that manages the fortunes of footballers for billions.