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Forbes: Bale's agent is the most powerful in the world

Jonathan Barnett has taken over Jorge Mendes and Mina Raiola as the most powerful agent in the world with well over €100 million in commissions.

El representante de Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Jonathan Barnett.
Jesús Rubio Diario AS

Every year, Forbes releases their list of the most powerful and richest agents in the sporting universe. There is a big change at the top of the list this year with Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale's agent, claiming the top spot. Jorge Mendes was second on the list last year but Barnett has moved from third to first this year.

One thing that sees Barnet top the list is that football agents' commission is not capped as tightly as other sports. They can earn 10% in commissions as stated by FIFA with other sports having a much lower figure - NFL (3%), NHL (4%), NBA (4%) and MLB (5%) are nowhere near that figure.

Bale is his most high profile client and the player who earned him the highest fee when he moved from Spurs to Real Madrid in 2013. The British agent, the owner of Stellar Group, has sealed deals worth €1.1 billion. Barnett has received €114.8 million in commission. He also has Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United), Maxi Gómez (Valencia) and Joe Hart (Burnley) on his list of clients.

Second on the list is Scott Boras, the poerwful baseball agent. He names Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals) and Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals) amongst his clients and has negotiated €2.1 billion worth of contracts. Given the lower commission fee, he has earned €106 million from those deals.

Jorge Mendes is next in third. The Portuguese is possibly the most well-known agent in the world and has, arguably, the most well-known footballer on his list of clients too in Cristiano Ronaldo. His business, Gestifute, have €1 billion worth of contracts and he has earned €105 million. His clients include João Félix (Atlético de Madrid), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid), Ángel di María (PSG), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Joao Cancelo (Manchester City).

Mina Raiola is fifth on the list with €630 million negotiated contracts and €63 million in commissions. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is his marquee client with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Los Ángeles Galaxy), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) and Marco Verratti (PSG) also relying on the agent to negotiate their deals.

Most powerful agents in the world according to Forbes

Puesto Agent Commission Contracts Agency
1 Barnett 114.8 1.165 billion Steller Group
2 Boras 106.5 2.151 billion Boras Corporation
3 Mendes 105.8 1.076 billion Gestifute
4 Schwartz 65.0 1.613 billion Excel Sports Management
5 Raiola 63.0 630.3 Mino Raiola
11 Struth 39.2 392.0 SportsTotal
26 Lucci 25.6 223.1 World Soccer Agency
33 N'Diaye 19.0 190.1 Sport Cover

Numbers in millions unless stated.