Barnett: “Gareth loves Real Madrid, the city and his life there”

first_imgHow was that recent meeting in London where you shared a table with Raiola and Mendes to go against FIFA?Very good! Because we want the same. They have to consult us. Not only can they be worth their rules. If they insist on that, we’ll see each other in court.Where are they willing to go?To any court in the world. If we are wrong, we will be, but the courts will say so. FIFA must realize that we have the money to do it …Is Neymar’s career well run?I don’t care, really.What do you think of parents who want to control their children’s career?It’s crazy. This is a difficult world, that first. The second, you do not have an appropriate perspective on the boy, they understand you as your child. Third, this business is very professional, that’s why I’m successful, that’s why my company is successful, but not all agents are. Today, marketing, social networks … everything is done professionally. And with all due respect, most of those parents, and I know there will be exceptions, they haven’t trained professionally and don’t know how to get the best. It’s not just about getting up on Mondays, knocking on the door and getting a contract. There is more. If you have great talent, you must use the best weapons, the best people.Would you like to represent Mbappé?Of course, but he has his family and that’s fine. I will manage to survive.Have you called your father to try?Yes, he was very kind, very polite, but he wanted to take his son’s affairs himself. I don’t argue with people anymore, I’m too old.Let’s talk about Bale … He left again in the 82 ‘!And what problem is there? He wanted to get home without traffic. You can’t kill him for that. The team lost and he was very angry.Shouldn’t I take care of those little details?Why?By the public, who pays his tickets.And they boo you. He loves Real Madrid, no matter what is said about him. A lot of crap is written about Gareth. Like he doesn’t speak Spanish. Yes, he speaks Spanish! Those who say that do not know him, they remain as complete idiots talking about someone they do not know.But do you really speak Spanish?Clear! Last week I met Saúl in my office, whom I also represent. They sat for 10 or 15 minutes speaking in Spanish, without any problem. You don’t need to prove that you speak Spanish well.What is Bale really like?Probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s fantastic. He is a great family man, with a woman and three children. He is reserved, a quiet man. He loves to play football and loves the life he has. And he does not consider, and I agree with him that it should be proven before anyone. It’s disgusting the way people talk about him, he hurts me as a person.Are you happy in Madrid?Yes. He loves Madrid, the city and the life he has there.How can a player be happy knowing that his coach does not love him?That is not true. How do you know he doesn’t love you?Many days does not summon you.I promise he does love him, Madrid loves Gareth Bale. There is no problem between Zidane and Gareth. People write about that, I already give up; I do not care.There are those who say they only play the games they want.They should shut up. It is better not to say anything and let people doubt if you are an idiot, than to open your mouth and confirm that you are an idiot. And those people are idiots.Isn’t it that Bale is afraid of injuries?Yes, yes. To 100%.Why so much injury?You are welcome. His body is quite …Are they back problems?No, it is not a single thing.Woodgate had a lot of trouble and that was why back problems.Is not that. Gareth has been through a lot, has had many injuries and is worried. You can’t train too much, not five days a week. It must be handled properly. But it’s ok, you can play.What do you think of Zidane?He is a very good person. I think it’s good people.When did you talk to him for the last time?I will not reveal that, but I can say that when I have met him it is very impressive to hear him speak. He knows what he is talking about.Why is Bale not playing in China?He had an offer impossible to refuse, but Madrid did not want to sell it. The Chinese club could not pay what Madrid asked for transfer.But … Bale in China?Yes, he wanted to leave a legacy. Help make football shine there. He had a vision, which could make Chinese football great. And it was a lot of money, yes. They would have made him the highest paid player in the world.Why didn’t he go to United when Mourinho wanted to sign him?So Gareth was not for sale.Then, then admit that it is now!(Laughs) Neither now. Madrid has always shown him great respect, the president has always been a big fan of Bale and shows him incredible respect.Are you still in love with Florentino de Bale?I think so. He has a fantastic relationship with him.Was it his right eye?I want to think so, but there were others, like Cristiano or Ramos. I could not say if it was his right eye, I do not have so much confidence with him (with Florentino). He has never told me.He always said that Bale would win the Golden Ball …Now it is unlikely. Who was Jonathan Barnett before being an agent?Someone who had hair (laughs).What was he doing?I worked in the casinos.What did his father do?I worked in the casino business and I worked for him. I had a comfortable childhood, but my grandfather was a Polish immigrant who arrived in England at the beginning of the 20th century, with nothing in his pocket.He likes football?I love. I liked it better when I was not a representative (laughs). I used to go see Arsenal and scream like crazy. I went to all the parties with my father and my brothers, those from home and abroad.Who is the best player he saw?PeleDid you see him?In Wembley! I was 16 when England won the 1966 World Cup. I went to the final. And before I could see him live.And say Stefano?I saw him on television. He was a fantastic footballer. I also remember Butragueño …Who is your favorite player in Arsenal history?I used to go see Liam Brady, a very skilled player. And then there are the Invincibles of Arsenal, it was a pleasure to see them that season that they never lost.At what time do you wake up?At 5:30. Everyday. Things of age. But before I worked more, 25 hours a day. It is the only method to succeed. David, my partner, and I, started at a kitchen table, with no money, and now we have the largest agency in the world. Rugby, athletes, soccer players … And in the United States NFL.Do you know how much money you have in the bank?Yes, yes, I know.Does the money hook, like the drug?I have never tried drugs! (Laughs) But everyone who says he doesn’t care about money is because he never had it. Family comes first, of course, health comes second … but once you have money, it’s fine. I am not ashamed to have it. But you must do things with him, give money to charity …Do you donate money?Yes, I am very religious. I am Jewish. A percentage of my salary goes to charity. It is important. I do it for the children. I had a brother who died at 18 of a brain hemorrhage. Every year David and I donate a few hundred thousand pounds. We also built a children’s hospital … The agents are not so good so we have to compensate with those donations! (Laughs)What is your secret?People do not understand what the real agents do. When the market closes, we are not going six months on vacation …How do you take care of your men?Throughout. Your club does not, we do. We make sure they have a good life, we manage their marketing, we look for their houses, we buy their cars, we manage their finances … There are people here 24 hours.Are you like a father to them?No, rather like a manager. I don’t have to be your best friend. I have to be someone they respect and listen to.How many people work for you?About 130 in seven countries.Are you better than Mendes or Raiola?Who? Who are they? (He jokes). No, no … Actually I am quite attached to Mino. We are good friends and we will have dinner together. I also get along well with Jorge, he’s a little crazy, but he’s adorable. We are part of an association and there are no problems between us. I think they are bright.Have any players been stolen?Never.He imagined that his world was a bit like the mafia of old New York, each taking care of his territory …Never among the great agents. That happens between small and stupid agents. I do not care. If someone doesn’t want to be with me, they can leave. I don’t aim at anyone with a gun. And if they leave, then they return, because the small agent cannot do anything for them.How is your relationship with Florentino?If you give your word, the business is done. It’s hard negotiating, I respect him. When he enters a room, he fills it with a great presence. You know the president has entered. He has always been honorable and kind to me.Do you think he knows about football?Yes, a lot. He has a lot of knowledge. He loves football and Real Madrid is his life.Is football immersed in a financial bubble that can explode?No, it’s bulletproof as long as people keep watching. People need a distraction. Look in America, with basketball, baseball, the NFL … they attract even more people.Let’s talk about FIFA …We have to do it?Why does FIFA want to control the agents?From the bottom of my heart I think it is to monopolize headlines. To be famous The agents are an easy target. What they want to do (limit their commissions) is garbage. Ask ten random footballers who takes care of them, if FIFA or its agents … Ask them! FIFA doesn’t care about players or have any idea what we do. Infantino has never set foot in our offices, nor in those of Mendes or Raiola, but he wants to set the rules. It’s not fair.Did you know that Raiola won € 40M when Pogba went from Juve to United?He did not earn 40 million. But why not? How much did he earn by taking Pogba from Manchester to Juve when he was young? Nothing! Then Pogba was young and won zero. No one remembers that. And no one put a gun on Juventus’ head to pay Raiola a lot of money. They told him that if they sold it, they would give him a percentage. So he took that opportunity. What would have happened if Pogba had been a fiasco and had been allowed to leave for free? I have not heard Juventus complain, nor United. FIFA complains without knowing the facts. I have read that now they want to create a new tournament in Africa. Who takes the money there? FIFA It is a scandal.last_img

first_imgHow was that recent meeting in London where you shared a table with Raiola and Mendes to go against FIFA?Very good! Because we want the same. They have to consult us. Not only can they be worth their rules. If they insist on that, we’ll see each other in court.Where are they willing to go?To any court in the world. If we are wrong, we will be, but the courts will say so. FIFA must realize that we have the money to do it …Is Neymar’s career well run?I don’t care, really.What do you think of parents who want to control their children’s career?It’s crazy. This is a difficult world, that first. The second, you do not have an appropriate perspective on the boy, they understand you as your child. Third, this business is very professional, that’s why I’m successful, that’s why my company is successful, but not all agents are. Today, marketing, social networks … everything is done professionally. And with all due respect, most of those parents, and I know there will be exceptions, they haven’t trained professionally and don’t know how to get the best. It’s not just about getting up on Mondays, knocking on the door and getting a contract. There is more. If you have great talent, you must use the best weapons, the best people.Would you like to represent Mbappé?Of course, but he has his family and that’s fine. I will manage to survive.Have you called your father to try?Yes, he was very kind, very polite, but he wanted to take his son’s affairs himself. I don’t argue with people anymore, I’m too old.Let’s talk about Bale … He left again in the 82 ‘!And what problem is there? He wanted to get home without traffic. You can’t kill him for that. The team lost and he was very angry.Shouldn’t I take care of those little details?Why?By the public, who pays his tickets.And they boo you. He loves Real Madrid, no matter what is said about him. A lot of crap is written about Gareth. Like he doesn’t speak Spanish. Yes, he speaks Spanish! Those who say that do not know him, they remain as complete idiots talking about someone they do not know.But do you really speak Spanish?Clear! Last week I met Saúl in my office, whom I also represent. They sat for 10 or 15 minutes speaking in Spanish, without any problem. You don’t need to prove that you speak Spanish well.What is Bale really like?Probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s fantastic. He is a great family man, with a woman and three children. He is reserved, a quiet man. He loves to play football and loves the life he has. And he does not consider, and I agree with him that it should be proven before anyone. It’s disgusting the way people talk about him, he hurts me as a person.Are you happy in Madrid?Yes. He loves Madrid, the city and the life he has there.How can a player be happy knowing that his coach does not love him?That is not true. How do you know he doesn’t love you?Many days does not summon you.I promise he does love him, Madrid loves Gareth Bale. There is no problem between Zidane and Gareth. People write about that, I already give up; I do not care.There are those who say they only play the games they want.They should shut up. It is better not to say anything and let people doubt if you are an idiot, than to open your mouth and confirm that you are an idiot. And those people are idiots.Isn’t it that Bale is afraid of injuries?Yes, yes. To 100%.Why so much injury?You are welcome. His body is quite …Are they back problems?No, it is not a single thing.Woodgate had a lot of trouble and that was why back problems.Is not that. Gareth has been through a lot, has had many injuries and is worried. You can’t train too much, not five days a week. It must be handled properly. But it’s ok, you can play.What do you think of Zidane?He is a very good person. I think it’s good people.When did you talk to him for the last time?I will not reveal that, but I can say that when I have met him it is very impressive to hear him speak. He knows what he is talking about.Why is Bale not playing in China?He had an offer impossible to refuse, but Madrid did not want to sell it. The Chinese club could not pay what Madrid asked for transfer.But … Bale in China?Yes, he wanted to leave a legacy. Help make football shine there. He had a vision, which could make Chinese football great. And it was a lot of money, yes. They would have made him the highest paid player in the world.Why didn’t he go to United when Mourinho wanted to sign him?So Gareth was not for sale.Then, then admit that it is now!(Laughs) Neither now. Madrid has always shown him great respect, the president has always been a big fan of Bale and shows him incredible respect.Are you still in love with Florentino de Bale?I think so. He has a fantastic relationship with him.Was it his right eye?I want to think so, but there were others, like Cristiano or Ramos. I could not say if it was his right eye, I do not have so much confidence with him (with Florentino). He has never told me.He always said that Bale would win the Golden Ball …Now it is unlikely. Who was Jonathan Barnett before being an agent?Someone who had hair (laughs).What was he doing?I worked in the casinos.What did his father do?I worked in the casino business and I worked for him. I had a comfortable childhood, but my grandfather was a Polish immigrant who arrived in England at the beginning of the 20th century, with nothing in his pocket.He likes football?I love. I liked it better when I was not a representative (laughs). I used to go see Arsenal and scream like crazy. I went to all the parties with my father and my brothers, those from home and abroad.Who is the best player he saw?PeleDid you see him?In Wembley! I was 16 when England won the 1966 World Cup. I went to the final. And before I could see him live.And say Stefano?I saw him on television. He was a fantastic footballer. I also remember Butragueño …Who is your favorite player in Arsenal history?I used to go see Liam Brady, a very skilled player. And then there are the Invincibles of Arsenal, it was a pleasure to see them that season that they never lost.At what time do you wake up?At 5:30. Everyday. Things of age. But before I worked more, 25 hours a day. It is the only method to succeed. David, my partner, and I, started at a kitchen table, with no money, and now we have the largest agency in the world. Rugby, athletes, soccer players … And in the United States NFL.Do you know how much money you have in the bank?Yes, yes, I know.Does the money hook, like the drug?I have never tried drugs! (Laughs) But everyone who says he doesn’t care about money is because he never had it. Family comes first, of course, health comes second … but once you have money, it’s fine. I am not ashamed to have it. But you must do things with him, give money to charity …Do you donate money?Yes, I am very religious. I am Jewish. A percentage of my salary goes to charity. It is important. I do it for the children. I had a brother who died at 18 of a brain hemorrhage. Every year David and I donate a few hundred thousand pounds. We also built a children’s hospital … The agents are not so good so we have to compensate with those donations! (Laughs)What is your secret?People do not understand what the real agents do. When the market closes, we are not going six months on vacation …How do you take care of your men?Throughout. Your club does not, we do. We make sure they have a good life, we manage their marketing, we look for their houses, we buy their cars, we manage their finances … There are people here 24 hours.Are you like a father to them?No, rather like a manager. I don’t have to be your best friend. I have to be someone they respect and listen to.How many people work for you?About 130 in seven countries.Are you better than Mendes or Raiola?Who? Who are they? (He jokes). No, no … Actually I am quite attached to Mino. We are good friends and we will have dinner together. I also get along well with Jorge, he’s a little crazy, but he’s adorable. We are part of an association and there are no problems between us. I think they are bright.Have any players been stolen?Never.He imagined that his world was a bit like the mafia of old New York, each taking care of his territory …Never among the great agents. That happens between small and stupid agents. I do not care. If someone doesn’t want to be with me, they can leave. I don’t aim at anyone with a gun. And if they leave, then they return, because the small agent cannot do anything for them.How is your relationship with Florentino?If you give your word, the business is done. It’s hard negotiating, I respect him. When he enters a room, he fills it with a great presence. You know the president has entered. He has always been honorable and kind to me.Do you think he knows about football?Yes, a lot. He has a lot of knowledge. He loves football and Real Madrid is his life.Is football immersed in a financial bubble that can explode?No, it’s bulletproof as long as people keep watching. People need a distraction. Look in America, with basketball, baseball, the NFL … they attract even more people.Let’s talk about FIFA …We have to do it?Why does FIFA want to control the agents?From the bottom of my heart I think it is to monopolize headlines. To be famous The agents are an easy target. What they want to do (limit their commissions) is garbage. Ask ten random footballers who takes care of them, if FIFA or its agents … Ask them! FIFA doesn’t care about players or have any idea what we do. Infantino has never set foot in our offices, nor in those of Mendes or Raiola, but he wants to set the rules. It’s not fair.Did you know that Raiola won € 40M when Pogba went from Juve to United?He did not earn 40 million. But why not? How much did he earn by taking Pogba from Manchester to Juve when he was young? Nothing! Then Pogba was young and won zero. No one remembers that. And no one put a gun on Juventus’ head to pay Raiola a lot of money. They told him that if they sold it, they would give him a percentage. So he took that opportunity. What would have happened if Pogba had been a fiasco and had been allowed to leave for free? I have not heard Juventus complain, nor United. FIFA complains without knowing the facts. I have read that now they want to create a new tournament in Africa. Who takes the money there? FIFA It is a scandal.last_img

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