the figure of representative or agent of the world of football It has mutated for a while now. That almost ghostly figure, dressed in a black suit, dark sunglasses and hanging on the phone all day, is becoming less common. He said Jon Smiththe first super agent in the world of football, in an interview with ‘La Media Inglesa’, that, to this day, the agent “must be able to manage the player moods who is often alone and away from his family for a long time.

The Qatar World Cup will surely go down in history for many things and few of them good. But a World Cup is a World Cup and the aforementioned footballers know that perfectly. We have seen all kinds of practices by the players in recent weeks, with the aim of arriving as healthy as possible (the morality of these is left to the judgment of each fan). Once entered into the competition and with the lists closed, there is no turning back and it is time to compete as alwaysor rather like never before, seeing that it is the first winter World Cup.

Photo: Maradona poses for his World Cup credential.  (Getty Images/Keystone/Hulton Archive)

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The 830 footballers who are in Qatar have before them a unique opportunity. You can’t always play a World Cup, despite the fact that, for many, this is not the first. The World Cups are key appointments for the clubs despite the fact that they do not compete. The footballers who command, represent the colors of the country in question and the club to which they belong. Thus, a great performance can cause a very juicy revaluation that can end up translating into a multi-million dollar signing. James Rodriguez Y Renato Sanchez are two good recent examples, both of which are not in Qatar.

Therefore, the representation agencies play a key role, from the shadows, in each World Cup event. When we talk about big agents, the first image that comes to mind is usually that of Jorge Mendes and your company gestifute. However, in this type of tournament, his dominance in the World Cup candidate teams is not so evident, much less in the Spanish National Team and the Spanish sector is not as far away as it might seem.

Cristiano poses with his fifth Ballon d’Or with Jorge Mendes. (Reuters/John Niell)

Among the 32 selections

If we look through the international perspective, we find three renowned agencies that take a good piece of the pie. First of all, and with 35 players in the World Cup, is CAA Stellar. It may not sound like much at first, although if we talk about Jonathan Barnett I’m sure they’re starting to remember. Indeed, the agency whose most visible face is the representative of Gareth Bale takes first place when it comes to players who will be in Qatar. Names like Jack Grealish, Eduardo Camavinga, Yeremy Pino or the Welsh captain are some of his references.

Not too far away, with 29 cited, is Wassermann. The American company is the second with the most total market value in soccer players, according to the Transfermarkt portal. Its most coveted banners are Fede Valverde, Aymeric Laporte Y gio reynaalthough, in recent times, they have been differentiating themselves with a lot of young talent (Moukoko, Livramento, Curtis Jonesetc).

And on the third step, to the surprise of many, is jorge mendes and your company gestifute. Among the 22 World Cup players who have come to Qatar, 15 are of Portuguese nationality, which represents 58% of the team led by Fernando Santos.

Azpilicueta, Pedri and Koke, in training. (EFE/Juanjo Martin)

In the Spanish National Team

If we narrow the fence to look at the 26 men who lead Luis Enriquethe representation section is very distributed. interest Y Stellar they win the battles with three represented each. they follow Leaderbrock, Gestifute, Niagara Sports, Pablo Barquero and ivan de la pena with two.

However, if we stick to the values ​​that each one brings to the team, things change remarkably. At the top and as a reference player is Pedri -for many, the beacon of this team-, with a market value of 100 million and represented by Leaderbrock. Your partner ferran torres He is also a member of the same agency and, with his 35 million value, they make the Valencian agency take the cake in La Roja (135 million euros). Ivan de la Peña would arrive behind with Gavi Y Eric Garcia (108 million euros between them) and in third place Stellar (95 million euros between Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez Y Yeremy Pino). The Spanish agents take the gold and silver, although from behind they have the rest pressing very hard.

As a curious fact and highlighting the capital of LaLiga Santander, the domestic competition continues to cut distance to the Premier League. The English league is the one that contributes the most footballers to this World Cup. In total, there are 99 players those who have come to Qatar to put on the elastic of their national team, distributed in 19 selections of the 32 that dispute it.

Nevertheless, LaLiga Santander takes 83 top-level players to the World Cup, which in turn represent 16 countries, half of the totality that plays in the tournament. And, as if that were not enough, of the 20 teams that make up the First Division of the Spanish competition, 18 obtain representation in the World Cup. Only Girona and Elche have been left without any representative.

the figure of representative or agent of the world of football It has mutated for a while now. That almost ghostly figure, dressed in a black suit, dark sunglasses and hanging on the phone all day, is becoming less common. He said Jon Smiththe first super agent in the world of football, in an interview with ‘La Media Inglesa’, that, to this day, the agent “must be able to manage the player moods who is often alone and away from his family for a long time.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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