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The Top 20 Most Influential People In World Football Named (Joe Kinnear’s Not Happy!)

8 years ago
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A list of the twenty most influential people in World football has been put together, ranking ‘the most important people who organise, profit from and participate in the beautiful game’.

Compiled by the ‘Bleacher report’, the list reflects football as it is today and agents such as Jorge Mendes (5th), Mio Raiola (6th), Kia Joorabchian (12th) and Pini Zahavi (20th) loom large.

Other key figures see people with ridiculous amounts of power at the top in Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, whilst the Premier League’s Richard Scudamore at number three points to the English Premier League’s prominence in world football.

The criteria begins to look a bit suspect with Mario Balotelli sneaking in at nineteen and a token journalist in Henry Winter at sixteenth, good as Winter is I don’t know whether he has quite the pull that brings him into the top 16 influential people in World football.

Predictably Sky have their nose in the trough with TV executive Barney Francis coming in at number nine.

There have been calls for a recount though from a certain Joseph Kinnear, who not only cannot believe he isn’t in the top twenty but claims he hasn’t even heard of the top ranked Soapy Bloater.

  1. Sepp Blatter
  2. Michel Platini
  3. Richard Scudamore
  4. Qatar Royal family
  5. Jorge Mendes
  6. Mino Raiola
  7. Sir David Richards
  8. David Beckham
  9. Barney Francis
  10. Javier Tebas
  11. Issa Hayatou
  12. Kia Joorabchian
  13. Wolfgang Niersbach
  14. Messi
  15. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
  16. Henry Winter
  17. Eugenio Figeuredo
  18. Lennart Jonasson
  19. Mario Baliotelli
  20. Pini Zahavi
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