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"No one likes us; we don't care"
This is a famous chant that used to be sung by Millwall fans as a response from the constant criticism suffered by them, especially from the media. Notwithstanding, this can easily apply for football player's agents in the last couple of decades
Greedy, dishonest, corrupted. These are some of the adjectives we often hear from people when defining the profession. Agents are so frowned upon that FIFA is constantly trying to tighten the rules regarding them. Currently, it is even being considered the possibility of establishing a cap for their commissions
But, after all, are agents as bad as people usually picture it?
Our law firm deals with football agents in a daily basis. We constantly observe their modus operandi and the way they deal with players, and I can assure you: they are extremely important to football
First, we have to keep in mind that most of the players came from precarious conditions and with low levels of schooling. Do you really think they would know how to negotiate with a club in an equal position? And even before that, who do you think that scouts the players and bring them to the clubs? That without mentioning career, financial and image management
Of course there are bad agents solely seeking their own benefit, but which profession doesn't? We can't judge a profession based on the exception. And as far as I'm concerned, most agents are extremely professional, honest, hard-working and, more importantly, they really care about their players
What appears on the TV and the news corresponds to less than 1% of the agents' work. The good agent is usually multi-functional: he is often the adviser, the manager, the accountant, the private investor, the real estate broker, the sponsor, the psychologist, the teacher and even the babysitter
So, look carefully. Football is not only what the player does on the field. Behind the scenes there are agents working their asses off in order to let them focus on the ball
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