The world’s largest football agency, the Stellar Group, is taken over by the US entertainment group ICM PARTNERS
The world’s largest football agency Stellar Group, which arranged the £ 90 million move from Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013, will be taken over by the US entertainment group ICM PARTNERS
- The Stellar Group, the world’s largest football agency, was taken over
- The US-based entertainment agency ICM PARTNERS has bought the company
- Stellar Group arranged Gareth Bale’s £ 90million move to Real Madrid in 2013
- Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s agent, will continue the new merger
- ICM Stellar Sports is also led by Co-Founder and Chairman David Manasseh
The world’s largest football agency, Stellar Group, which was responsible for £ 90million from Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013, has been bought by US entertainment agency ICM PARTNERS.
Stellar Founder and Chairman Jonathan Barnett will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the newly created ICM Stellar Sports.
He will become its chairman along with Stellar co-founder and co-chair David Manasseh.
Stellar Group, which was responsible for Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid in 2013, has been acquired
ICM Stellar Sports has bought the company from Jonathan Bartnett (above), Bale’s agent
The acquisition announced by Barnett and ICM PARTNERS managing director Chris Silbermann on Thursday gives the state entertainment giant access to Stellar’s 800 athletes and opens the US market to Stellar’s customers.
It brings together the representatives of the English stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell as well as the entertainment giant, who is responsible for looking after Samuel L. Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Keaton.
“It was the right time and a great opportunity to build a global sports division for ICM,” Barnett told Sportsmail.
Co-chairman David Manasseh (right) will also be responsible for the new ICM Stellar Sports group
“All employees of the Stellar Group will switch to ICM Stellar Sports and continue to operate the agency as before,” said a joint statement.
The New York Times reported in 2017 that Barnett was on the verge of selling Stellar, but a group of investors failed to raise funds for a deal worth more than $ 100 million.
Stellar, whose current contracts are close to $ 3 billion, has added NFL players to its client list for the past few years, and a move to MLS was discussed for Bale before finally making the decision to go on loan to Tottenham this summer to return.