As a professional footballer, you should never pay an intermediary before signing a contract with a club.
FIFPRO frequently receives complaints from players who were cheated by criminal people pretending to be agents or intermediaries, sometimes telling that they are working for a club.
These persons approach players through social media and promise them to arrange a trial or a contract on the condition that players first pay a “fee” or a “deposit”.
However, after being paid, they stop all communication with the players and don't arrange the promised trial or contract.
Unfortunately too many players end up paying money for nothing.
One player told us his family sold it's car, so he could pay a $4,500 “fee”. After paying, his “agent” never reacted again and the player ended up stranded in another African country without money to return home.
Another player travelled from Africa to South Korea, where his “agent” put him in a two-person motel room with five other players and told them two days later that he could not arrange any trial with a football club. However, he did have a factory where the players could work at…