Two others from Mendes' Gestifute stable, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira, followed, while Mendes also brokered moves for Deco (to Barcelona) and Pedro Mendes (Tottenham) as the Dragoes' Champions League-winning side was immediately broken up.Nevertheless, few in Portugal hold it against Mendes.
"His achievements in his trade make Portuguese football fans proud.
"It's not uncommon for people to signal that we have the best player [Cristiano Ronaldo], the best coach [Mourinho] and the best agent [Mendes]," Pereira continues.
"The idea that people have is that Mendes' role in both Mourinho's and Cristiano's careers is a good one," Pereira says, "mostly because they have been winning and performing superbly throughout their careers. and they keep on getting richer and richer." Mendes' Midas touch looks like it will endure for a while yet.
In fact, in a football economy in which large-scale selling is a simple fact of life, many revel in a Portuguese being so powerful on the world stage.
"The general feeling about Jorge Mendes is that he is extremely competent," Lisbon-based journalist Rui Matos Pereira told ESPN FC.
"There's a common idea that it's better having Mendes by your side than having no business relationships with him," says Pereira, "because there's a bigger probability for him to place your players somewhere else with a better deal if you really need to sell them due to his global connections." Those connections were rarely more apparent than in the summer of 2014 when a string of major Mendes clientele were transferred, including James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria and Eliaquim Mangala.
Now Mendes is having to adjust his way of working in the light of FIFA's third-party ownership ban, a ruling he called "illegal" in his interview with the BBC: "Who has the right to stop them [the players] finding a better job?
- The list: 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-6 | 5-1 | FC TV - Marcotti: The power is ultimately derived from the fans - Brassell: Jorge Mendes -- A national hero in Portugal - Chaudhary: Jerome Valcke -- The man who makes FIFA tick - Kuper: Johan Cruyff -- Modern game's father fades from view - Honigstein: Pep Guardiola -- Bayern boss has more to prove - Mitten: Gary Neville -- From playing to punditry, coaching - Merrill: Loretta Lynch -- The face of the FIFA investigation It goes a long way to explaining why after Mendes made his initial inroads into the business, the rest started to fall like dominoes.