When he was just a little kid and was dreaming to become a great football player, like millions of other kids, an experienced manager had told him that he is not good enough for sports and should better focus on his studies. It was harsh, maybe cruel, but it was also the advice that changed the life of Carlos Gonçalves and helped him become many years later one of the best agents in the world, with great influence in Greek football, where he is currently among the strongest "players".
In less than 48 hours, the Portuguese agent finalized the deals of manager Paulo Bento and free-agent central midfielder Andre Martins with Olympiakos, while he also agreed terms with Panathinaikos about the extension of captain Carlos Zeca's contract until the summer of 2019. All those because of that hard lesson he took from his first (and last) football manager ever. That helped him realize that being honest, realistic and tough with his clients and the teams he is working with is the better plan in order for everybody to be successful.
15 people are currently working at the company (Pro Eleven) he founded back at 2009, after the Financial Degree he received from Lisbon University, and, step by step, he also managed to have 5 famous managers and 84 footballers as clients. He believes that "Portuguese people are capable of settling in easily in different conditions, countries, cultures, ways of working. We are practical and well organized and that was proved by the success of Portuguese managers, with 6 of them winning the title during last season in different countries"!
He is not one of the super agents, with the expensive costumes, shiny smiles and visits at luxury champagne and lobster restaurants. He is exactly the opposite, an anti-star, unlike his compatriot and main competitor, Jorge Mendes. He is not speaking to Press, he has not an official Facebook page, he claims that he is never promising anything to anybody and that all his professional relationships are based on total confidence and not contracts.
He started working with Olympiakos after their last-summer deal towards manager Marco Silva and since then he is one of the favorite agents in Piraeus club, since he was also involved in the transfers of Felipe Pardo, Diogo Figueiras, Andre Martins, while many other of his clients (Josue Pesqueira, Mauricio, Jefferson, Ukra, Ricardo Horta, Hugo Vieira) were also offered to the administration of the Reds. He was behind the successful deals of central midfielder Carlos Zeca with Panathinaikos and stopper Miguel Vitor with PAOK as well.
His latest "interest" is the Super League club of Panaitolikos, which signed four of his clients (Miguel Rodrigues, Tomane, Cristiano Pereira, Luis Rocha) directly from Spanish and Portuguese leagues this summer. The future seems bright for him in Greek, Cypriot and Balkan markets, since he is progressing rapidly and successfully.
Agent Carlos Gonçalves secured for himself in less than 48 hours about 200.000 euros after his three very important deals with the two most famous teams of Greek Super League, with which he has maintained a relationship of trust and respect, even if things were not always easy during all those years.
His name is Carlos Gonçalves and his job is closing deals with success. He did not become a great footballer, but at the age of 45 he is one of the strongest "players in Greek football...