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Jonathan Barnett He has become a very popular character for being in charge of leading the career of Gareth Bale. The British is in the elite of the agents of representation along with other illustrious names in this work as Jorge Mendes, Mino Raiola or Pini Zahavi. He has made his company an empire that does nothing but expand.
His first client was the cricket player Brian Lara. But it is attracting Lennox Lewis to the world of boxing which is considered as one of the most important milestones attributed to it since then. It was in 1994 when Jonathan Barnett and David Manasseh they founded the Stellar Group. A comprehensive and multinational sports consultancy.
25 years of dedication in promoting the best sports talents on the planet, whom they help and drive to reach their full potential and become the best. Hundreds of athletes who manage their careers. This is how the Stellar Group presents itself as “one of the largest and most successful sports management companies in the world”.
This same 2019, Jonathan Barnett was chosen as the most powerful sports agent in the UK. But this also extends internationally. This has been highlighted by the prestigious magazine Forbes which has placed the British as the third most powerful representative in the world. This goes hand in hand with the Stellar Group having risen to become part of the eight most valued agencies.
“My intention is to become the number one agent worldwide and that Stellar becomes also the most influential agency in the world. We are on the right track and, in accordance with the plans we have to introduce ourselves in new sports and offer new opportunities to our clients, we are sure to reach the goals we have set ourselves, “Barnett said after learning about the classifications of Forbes.
Bale, his golden egg hen
Jonathan Barnett has been responsible for leading Bale's career. He was the one who took the player to the Real Madrid, after an intense negotiation with Daniel Levy -owner of Tottenham-. The Welsh end is the 'golden egg hen' of the Stellar Group and that can be seen only by entering Barnett's office in an exclusive neighborhood located in the center of London, in which there is a giant mural of the footballer of Cardiff.
“They just have to worry about playing. We take care of everything, to buy their cars, their houses, their finances, what they eat …”, always assures Jonathan Barnett about the more than three hundred athletes who take his career. But it is not only a lynx in this type of operations, but also has a much more controversial face.
The conflict with Zidane
Jonathan Barnett negotiated the renewal of 'The Cardiff Express' until 2022. However, the player is on the exit ramp, being one of the protagonists of the transfer market. Barnett stands firm in his readiness for Bale to continue playing in the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the closing of the transfer window, but both Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane They intend a sale.
The Bale representative has had it for everyone. Even for the fans: “Gareth deserves the greatest respect, the way the fans have treated him is little less than a disgrace.” “He is one of the best in the world. Fans should be kissing his feet,” he said in March in Sky sports. Already then he assured that “it is not going to go -Bale- to nowhere this summer”.
From then on he entered a crossroads of statements with Zidane. While the Frenchman has remained firm in recent months on the departure of the Welshman, Jonathan Barnett spoke with different media every time the French coach did the same at a press conference. Journal of Dimanche: “It's simple. Zidane doesn't like Gareth. There is no relationship between them, there never has been.”
“Garbage”, “lie”, there are many qualifiers that the British agent has used at this time on the information that placed his representative outside of Real Madrid. The truth is that he was just one step away from going to China and now he is in a time trial. Barnett must find a solution. He is an excellent businessman, but this time he may be getting carried away in a personal war.
(More information – Bale's agent: “Gareth will only come out if it suits us, never given in, if he won't follow three years”)