Yaya Toure's Dimitry Seluk and the Most Infamous Agents in World Football

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

Yaya Toure's Dimitry Seluk and the Most Infamous Agents in World Football

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    Yaya Toure's future in Manchester remains unclear after the Ivorian complained he feels "disrespected" following the club's failure to wish him happy birthday.

    This grievance is made even more bizarre by the fact that City wished him well on Twitter and organised at least one cake specifically for him. 

    The comments have come from his agent, Dimitry Seluk, who sounded like someone delivering a ridiculous prank call when he was given 10 minutes of air time on Sky Sports News on Monday.

    It all sounds like a poorly executed method of forcing a move or contract negotiation, but Toure has backed his Mr. 15 Percent and his peculiar comments via Twitter.

    Inspired by Seluk (and his wonderful wardrobe), here are some of football's most infamous agents. 

Eric Hall

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    Eric Hall was one of the most famous and flamboyant agents in all of sports who became a caricature of a "wheeler dealer" with a cigar permanently hanging from his lips and his "Monster! Monster!" catchphrase.  

    In the 1990s, Hall represented players such as Tim Sherwood, Dennis Wise, Neil Ruddock and Paul Walsh. His goal was to "make rich players richer and poor players rich," but things didn't quite go to plan when his business was put into liquidation in 2001.  

    These days, he presents a radio show on an Essex radio station and still insists on constantly using his "Monster!" catchphrase. 

Paul Stretford

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    In two of the last three summers, Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Manchester United has been subtly leaked to the press, resulting in improved contract terms—and a payday for the man who almost certainly masterminded the transfer speculation.

    His agent, Paul Stretford.

    Stretford struck his first deal in 1989 and has since represented the likes of Stan Collymore, Harry Redknapp, Roberto Mancini and the young man he started representing as a 16-year-old, Rooney.

    The former vacuum cleaner salesman's career has been pockmarked by controversies, such as the nine-month ban he served in 2009 for legal issues surrounding the manner in which he acquired Rooney as a client.

    In the same year, he was sacked and sued by Formation, the sports agency he founded. More recently, he was heavily criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson for his role in Rooney's cynical contract re-negotiations. 

    In 2010, the Daily Mail also alleged that he "mixes with gangsters" and described him as "unsavoury." 

Peter Harrison

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    Pictured: Harrison's former client, Andy Carroll
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    Peter Harrison represented the likes of Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Rivaldo and Andy Carroll in a career at the very top of the game.

    However, in 2011, he was declared bankrupt when he was unable to pay off a long-standing debt to Sam Allardyce. 

    Harrison was at the centre of a BBC Panorama documentary about the culture of bungs in football. After his bankruptcy, he turned into a whistle blower on the industry, revealing its links with gangsters and the proliferation of tapping up and bribes.

    In 2012, his FIFA licence was revoked. He then became the public face of a failed takeover of a Belgian football club, which left the organisation insolvent and several youth players homeless. 

David Omigie and DanJan Sports

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    No matter what he achieves in his career, Peter Odemwingie will always be best remembered for the farce of January deadline day 2013, when he drove down from West Bromwich to Queens Park Rangers in an apparent attempt to find himself a new club.

    Seeing as the Baggies did not give him permission to speak to another club, QPR had no choice but to leave him locked outside before he eventually drove back to the midlands with his tail between his legs.

    The "wholly unprofessional" situation almost certainly occurred under the advice of his agent, David Omigie of DanJan Sports, who have a very professional-looking website

    Shortly afterward, Odemwingie announced that he had sacked his agents, opting for representation from high-profile wrangler Rob Segal.

Mino Raiola

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    Along with the likes of Jorge Mendes and Pini Zahavi, Mino Raiola is one of the game's current band of "super agents." His clientele includes Mario Balotelli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marek Hamsik. 

    Born in Italy but raised in the Netherlands, Raiola made his name selling Dutch players to Serie A clubs in the 1980s and 1990s.

    He has built a reputation for satiating his clients' needs while rubbing clubs the wrong way in the process.

    According to Goal.com, Ajax were unhappy with the manner in which Ibrahimovic left for Juventus, while Sir Alex Ferguson described him as "a bit difficult" during Pogba's exit from Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis referred to him as "a pain in the backside" for his alleged attempts to engineer a transfer for Hamsik. 

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