Rangers star Ianis Hagi has earned comparisons to £47m superstar Zinedine Zidane – by another legendary ex-Real Madrid star in father Gheorghe.
Romania’s greatest export Gheorghe Hagi is the famous father of the Ibrox midfielder and was opening up about his son’s move to Glasgow in a recent interview.
When asked about the style of player Ianis Hagi is, Gheorghe shied away from comparisons to himself and believes the two-footed star is more like the French midfield maestro.
The legendary former Galatasaray midfielder was also speaking about his involvement as a confidant for his son regarding the move to Rangers and gave his thoughts on Hagi’s performance in the match with the Turkish giants.
“Unlike me he’s two-footed, taller and slimmer,” said Hagi Snr [Der Standard].
“His style of play is more like Zinedine Zidane than Gheorghe Hagi – but I can live with that too!
“Of course I discuss such topics with my son.
“The decisive things for his transfer were both the reputation of the club and the fact that Steven Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister wanted Ianis.
“In the qualification game for the Europa League – of all things against my old club Galatasaray – he played a good game and showed he can do well this season.
“Incidentally, that evening he was the only player on the pitch who was born in Istanbul.”
Rangers star Ianis Hagi, 21, has big shoes to fill with father Gheorghe widely considered the best Romanian footballer of all time.
The midfielder is the nation’s joint top-scorer on 35 goals – tied with Adrian Mutu – and turned out for the likes of Steaua Bucharest, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray.
Zinedine Zidane famously transferred to Real Madrid for a then world recording breaking fee of £47m and carved out a career as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
If Rangers have a player with even a fraction of great Frenchman’s talent then Rangers fans can expect big things of Ianis Hagi.