Jorge Mendes: The man behind soccer's 'craziest deals'

    Story highlights

    • Super agent Jorge Mendes is arguably soccer's most powerful agent
    • Involved in deals worth a reported $445 million in recent transfer window
    • Mendes represents Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho
    • U.S. sport lawyer critical of way European soccer market works

    (CNN)The days leading up to September 1 were especially hectic for Jorge Mendes.

    The super agent to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho had been working several big deals in European football over the previous few weeks, but the final hours on transfer day deadline proved especially frantic
      And with time fast approaching midnight in London, the headlines came flooding in.
      Whether they were making eye-watering record-breakers or bureaucratic busts -- not to mention whether the 49-year-old with the slick tan was even representing the high-profile footballer -- Mendes appeared to be linked to every deal.