Jonathan Barnett and Mino Raiola – respectively named Forbes’ No.1 and No.5 most powerful sports agents in 2019 – will share the WFS Live stage on Thursday, November 26 (4:05pm CET) in what will be one of the most hotly anticipated panels of our second edition.
Barnett and Raiola, who represent some of the biggest names in the sport, will be joined by The Football Forum director Daniele Boccucci and renowned Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio who will moderate the panel.
Up for debate in their Setting the record straight: Understanding football agents like never before panel will be the future of agents and players.
This comes amid a backdrop of calls from FIFA to bring greater scrutiny to the finances behind transfer and contractual negotiations, as well as counters from the likes of Barnett and Raiola that have previously warned of legal action over possible salary caps.
Widely considered one of the most powerful sports agents in the world, Barnett founded The Stellar Group in 1992 alongside David Manasseh and has since transformed Stellar into one of the biggest agencies in the world.
Barnett – named Forbes’ 2019 No.1 Sports Agent in the world – gained prominence for his role in brokering Gareth Bale’s record-move to Real Madrid in 2013 and this year saw his Stellar Group acquired by Hollywood talent agency ICM.
Jonathan Barnett climbs to No. 1 on Forbes’ list of the world's most powerful sports agents, from No. 3 last year https://t.co/GnQDOdZAsj pic.twitter.com/rYOdutWPRj
— Forbes (@Forbes) October 22, 2019