Jorge Mendes is a Portuguese football agent who represents some of football’s biggest names including Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho. Having spent quite a long time in the business, Mendes now has $727 million tied up in contracts.
Jorge Mendes Biography
The Portuguese who is registered with Portuguese Football Federation was born on January 7, 1966, as Jorge Paulo Agostinho Mendes, and started his career as a footballer before he abandoned his hopes of a professional career after being rejected by several clubs during his early 20s.
After taking a walk from football as a player, the man began working as a DJ, before he went on to start his own bar and nightclub to expand his business.
Mendes frequently attended soccer schools and youth teams and soon he got to learn how players were signed and traded. Thanks to that, he was able to found the Gestifute International in 1996, which has seen his stock rise comfortably in recent years. The company provides agent services for footballers.
It was in 1996 that Jorge first brokered Nuno’s move from Vitória de Guimarães to Deportivo de La Coruña, and that became one of the first deals the company got involved in.
He then attracted more Portuguese players to his bar and broke deals for Hugo Viana from Sporting CP to Newcastle United in the Premier League for around €12 million in 2002. Jorge Mendes came to highlight when he oversaw the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting CP to Manchester United in 2003 and again to Real Madrid.
In 2004, he also brokered the move of Jose Mourinho from FC Porto to Chelsea despite the fact that Mourinho already had an agent. He became a renowned name in no time and several players like Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Tiago and Maniche moved to Chelsea because of him.
In 2008, he guided Mourinho to Inter and then to Real Madrid in 2010, making Mourinho the highest paid coach in the world.
Jorge Mendes’ Net Worth
Referred as ‘super-agent’, Mendes is considered the most influential football agent in the world. He has masterminded transfers worth over $2 billion already while he takes 10 percent of the total transfer fees.
His clients include several players and football coaches like Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho, Anderson, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo, Victor Valdes, James Rodriguez, David de Gea, among others. What this means is that even as he only began in Portugal, he was able to extend to other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.
Mendes received his third consecutive Agent of the Year honour in 2012. Currently, Mendes’ active client contracts are worth nearly $2 Billion, headlined by Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
In 2014, an investigation by The Guardian implicated Jorge Mendes alongside ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in breaching FIFA regulations regarding third-party ownership and conflict of interest in player representation, buying player rights through companies based in Jersey and Ireland.
After this came another report published in January 2014 which suggested Kenyon’s ex-club Chelsea invested in third-party ownership via Mendes and Kenyon, a practice banned by the Premier League. Chelsea declined to comment on the accusations.
This led to UEFA announcing their intention to crack down on the practice of third-party ownership on 23 September 2014. Mendes was presented a Greek island by Cristiano Ronaldo, the price of which could run in millions.
As of 2017, Jorge Mendes’ together with his Portugal-based agency Gestifute International have successfully seen to the completion of close to 190 contracts for players and coaches.
Forbes magazine named the company as the seventh Most Valuable Sports Agencies in the world in 2015, on a list that is topped by Creative Artists Agency (CAA). By the end of 2017, it was the eight most valuable in the world with the contracts it has handled amounting to $769.2 million. On the list of the most powerful agents in the world, the man landed as the third most powerful in 2017. This is even as he was the second most powerful in 2015.
Wife And Daughter
Jorge’s personal life is quite eventful. He got married in a really colourful ceremony in 2015 to his partner Sandra in Portugal. The wedding was attended by many soccer royalties including Cristiano Ronaldo who was the best man.
Jorge is a father to three children Beatriz Mendes, Jorge Mendes Júnior and Bárbara Mendes. It is believed that one of his daughter, Marisa dated Cristiano Ronaldo while she was his manager. From what we learnt, Marisa is Jorge’s daughter from a previous marriage.
Quick facts about Jorge Mendes
Full Name: Jorge Paulo Agostinho Mendes
Profession: Football agent, Businessperson
Date of Birth: January 7, 1966
Place of Birth: Lisbon, Portugal
Marital status: Married (Sandra)
Astrological sign: Aries
Cash flow: $770 million