Who is Ianis Hagi?
Ianis Hagi is a professional footballer from Romania who plays mainly as a playmaker for his country’s national team and the Scottish club Rangers.
After playing at his father Gheorghe’s football academy, Ianis made his professional debut for the Liga 1 club Viitorul Constanta at age 16.
In 2016, the youngster moved abroad for the first time to the Italian Serie A side Fiorentina, where Hagi only recorded two competitive matches.
One and a half years later, he returned to his homeland, lifting two domestic trophies during his second stint at the club. In 2019, the attacking midfielder transferred to Belgium with Genk.
The transfer sum was variously reported as €8m with performance add-ons included or €10m for 85% of the ace’s economic rights plus bonuses.
The club’s executive president Gheorghe Popescu confirmed that they also retained interest on the capital gain of a possible future transfer.
The Guardian named Ianis as one of the 50 best youngsters in the world born in 1998.
In January 2020, the star joined Scottish Premiership giants Rangers on a six-month loan with an option to buy. A few months later, the Gers announced that they had signed Ianis permanently from Genk on a long-term contract.
What style of play does Ianis Hagi has?
Considered to be a rising star, his playing style has drawn comparisons with that of Gheorghe’s due to his dribbling skills, playmaking ability, two-footedness and passing.
Although his preferred position is as an attacking midfielder, the Romanian prodigy is regarded as a versatile, agile and quick midfielder who can play in multiple advanced roles and has also been used as a wide attacker a central midfielder or even a second striker on occasion.
Because of his technique, vision, and eye ,for goal, Ianis can create and netting goals himself.
Could he be on his way out of Ibrox?
In the latest weeks, much of the chatter around which Rangers star is most likely to be sold has centred on the Romania international.
The Turkish outfit Galatasaray and the Serie A club Lazio are among the many admirers of the player.
The perception that Ianis has failed to fully establish himself as an important player under Gerrard since his £3.15 million transfer simply does not hold up under closer scrutiny.