Jonathan Barnett has retained his status as the world's best football agent, according to business magazine Forbes.
As part of their annual study of sports finance, the magazine placed Barnett ahead of his nearest footballing rival by $40 million in commissions and have also named him as the world's second most-powerful agent across all sports.
ICM Stellar Sports, the company created following American entertainment agency ICM Partners' acquisition of Stellar Sports in October last year, has already reached fifth place on the list of top sports agencies.
Forbes said: “Executive Chairman of ICM Stellar Sports, Jonathan Barnett, continues to solidify himself as the world’s top soccer agent (with) the most extensive client list among 2020’s top 50 agents. Meanwhile, ICM cemented itself in the No. 5 position (and now) represents more than 800 athletes globally, including some of the top soccer players in the world.”
Barnett added: “The sports agency industry is changing fast and as we emerge from the current health restrictions, the opportunities for elite athletes will be greater than ever as the worlds of sports, entertainment, music, media and publishing move closer together and athletes become their own global brands.
“ICM Stellar Sports is uniquely placed to make the most of these changing times which is why we are continuing to attract the very best clients and ensure they enjoy the highest levels of representation and all the opportunities and rewards their talent and dedication deserve now and in the future.”
Barnett's impressive client list features Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur - on loan from Real Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) and Jack Grealish (Aston Villa). The agent oversaw Bale's high-profile switch from Spurs to Real Madrid in 2013, in what was a world-record £85 million fee paid for the Welsh international.
Author: Jake Wilkin