From Ronaldo to Dias: A Look at Jorge Mendes' Top 5 Clients

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most high-profile client of Jorge Mendes
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most high-profile client of Jorge Mendes / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

A Portugese football agent by trade, Jorge Mendes is one of the most influential football agents in the world and head of the Gestifute company which was founded in 1996. The 55-year-old is known to be a "super agent" as he not only has top clients in football but across other sports disciplines.

Mendes and his agency Gestifute pocket a staggering £260million in transfer fees last summer and it will be interesting to see how much he earns this time around. Here, we take a look at his top five clients in football.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Mendes' most high-profile client and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport - Cristiano Ronaldo has been with Gestifute ever since he was a youngster.

Mendes had brokered Ronaldo's move to Manchester United in 2003 and since then he has been part of all his transfers. To have the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner as a client puts one in the top bracket among agents.

2. James Rodriguez (Everton)

James Rodriguez
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The breakout star of the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez's performances earned him a move to Real Madrid that summer - which was brokered by Mendes, earning him a tidy sum.

Rodriguez's career however has not gone as well as he would have liked, considering that he failed to get enough opportunities at the Bernabeu, though he did win a number of trophies.

He currently plays for Everton, though it is unlikely that he will remain there for long considering that the man who brought him there, Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Madrid to take up the managerial role.

3. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

Angel Di Maria
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Another top player in Mendes' stable is Angel Di Maria - who has been part of big-money moves in the past as seen by his transfers to Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG.

The 33-year-old is devastating on his day and continues to put in excellent performances for both club and country on a regular basis.

4. Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Ruben Dias
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Mendes ensured that Benfica received €68million for Ruben Dias from Manchester City last summer, and the player has been worth every cent following his performances in his debut season - as he led the Cityzens to the Premier League title and Carabao Cup trophy.

The 24-year-old completely transformed City's defence and his performances earned him FWA Footballer of the Year and PL Player of the Season awards.

Dias is now worth well over what City paid for him and he is rapidly becoming one of the Mendes' most valuable clients.

5. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Bernardo Silva
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Bernardo Silva is another Mendes client who is a top, quality player - with his value only set to increase in the near future. The winger who is capable of playing as a playmaker or in midfield, Silva has been brilliant for City during his four seasons with them.

The 26-year-old who was named the club's Player of the Year in 2018/19 has been linked with a move away from the club, though nothing has been made official.