"Super agent" Jorge Mendes and Jonathan Barnett – who represents Gareth Bale among others – are respectively the second and fourth most powerful agents in world sport, according to a list published by Forbes magazine. Scott Boras, who represents 60 baseball baseball players, took the top spot having negotiated $2.3bn (£1.5bn) in active player contracts – netting $117m in commission.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Jorge Mendes, who counts Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo among his clients, was involved in deals that totalled £292m in the most recent transfer window. The Portuguese representative failed to complete the move of David De Gea from Manchester United to Real Madrid, but was instead involved in two major deals involving United: the arrival of Anthony Martial from Monaco for £36m and the departure of Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain for £44m.
Mendes also was behind Nicolas Otamendi's transfer to Manchester City from Valencia and played roles in the deals that took Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and Jackson Martinez from Porto to the Vicente Calderon. Forbes said that the man behind soccer agency Gestifute has negotiated more than £622m in active player deals, earning him at least £62m million in commissions.
Barnett, meanwhile, is in the fourth place of the rankings with £287m in active players contract negotiated, netting more than £28.8m.
Volker Struth, agent for Marco Reus and Mario Goetze, is in fifth while Mino Raiola and Fernando Torres's agent Peton also make the top 20.