Mino Raiola once hung up on Simon Jordan during a phone-in on talkSPORT.
The superagent, who has died aged 54, became embroiled in a heated debate with the former Crystal Palace owner in 2020. The pair were talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s desire to take legal action against EA Sports, who had used his image in that year’s FIFA game.
The AC Milan striker insisted that he had not once given the game’s developer permission to use his likeness in games. But Jordan asked Raiola why his client did not seek an injunction against EA Sports in previous installments of the series.
Jordan said: "I suspect this is about money."
Raiola responded: "It’s all about money. It’s all about the important money because it’s not EA Sports, it’s not a charity foundation. For you, nothing is about money because you do everything for charity because you’re the nicest guy in the world."
Jordan came back with: "I endure listening to you as charity, yeah," before the TalkSport later saying: “What this is about is someone like you popping up saying, ‘we’re missing an opportunity here’. And ultimately, ‘I can monetise and of course I’ll be paid a commission on that’."
Raiola added: “You know what the nice thing is? I don’t give a damn about what your opinion is and what you think it is. That’s the thing here. And what you think about me is totally irrelevant.
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Jordan countered: “Mino, I have no opinion on you. You’re about as troublesome to me as a cloudy day. I’m asking you a question.”
With Raiola continuing: “You’re not asking me a question. You’re affirming that I do things because of a reason. I’m doing this thing because it’s very simple, this is a right of my players that cannot be touched.
"This talk is now over, Jim [White], because you need to give Simon his own programme. The next time you invite me, invite for Jim and not for Simon. Have a nice day and have fun with Simon.”
Ibrahimovic raised the issue on Twitter two years ago, with a fiery tweet that read: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro?”
"I’m not aware to be a member of FIFPro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver. And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or FIFPro to make money using me. Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate.”
It’s thought that Gareth Bale’s representatives were looking into the matter too at the time.
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