Which players does Jorge Mendes represent?
Businessman Jorge Mendes is considered to be one of the most influential figures in world football, and has held that status for nearly 20 years.
After his own professional football career failed to take off, Mendes eventually became an agent in 1996 when he brokered Nuno Espirito Santo's move from Vitoria de Guimaraes to Deportivo.
Mendes' base in Portugal allowed him to hoover up as much young talent as possible, and it was through his presence at several football schools that he was able to gain the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma as clients.
He truly came into the public eye in 2003 after Ronaldo's move to Manchester United.
In 2004, he also played a major part in Chelsea's appointment of Porto head coach Jose Mourinho, even though Mourinho already had a representative at the time.
Mendes' influence at Chelsea grew as he was involved in a number of transfers of Portuguese players to Stamford Bridge - Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Tiago and Maniche.
The 56-year-old brokers deals through his agency, GestiFute.
Controversy has never been far away from Mendes, as he has constantly been accused by other agents of moving in on their clients without going through the proper channels.
He has also been accused of implementing third-party ownership on players via GestiFute.
Mendes has been named Best Agent of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards ten times.
Outside of football, he represents Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc, triple jump champion Patricia Mamona, surfer Frederico Morais, tennis player João Sousa and the cyclist João Almeida.
Which players is Jorge Mendes the agent of?
Selected Jorge Mendes clients
|Matt Doherty||Republic of Ireland|
|Angel Di Maria||Argentina|
Mendes' agency is also responsible for managers such as Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, Bruno Lage and Gennaro Gattuso. Gattuso and Aitor Karanka are the only non-Portuguese managers that Mendes represents.
In terms of players, Mendes also responsible for Joao Felix, however it's under a different agency.