Ianis Hagi

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Ianis Hagi
Ianis Hagi - Sweden vs Romania 23 March 2019 (cropped).jpg
Hagi playing for the Romanian team
Personal information
Date of birth (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Istanbul, Turkey
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Youth career
2007–2008 Steaua București
2009–2014 Gheorghe Hagi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Viitorul Constanța 38 (4)
2016–2018 Fiorentina 2 (0)
2018–2019 Viitorul Constanța 45 (16)
2019– Genk 11 (3)
National team
2012–2013 Romania U15 4 (2)
2013–2014 Romania U16 6 (3)
2014–2015 Romania U17 6 (0)
2015–2016 Romania U18 2 (2)
2016–2017 Romania U19 3 (3)
2017– Romania U21 14 (4)
2018– Romania 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2019

Ianis Hagi (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈhad͡ʒi]; born 22 October 1998) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for Belgian club Genk and the Romania national team.

A young exponent of his father Gheorghe's prominent football academy, he made his professional debut for Viitorul Constanța at age 16. In 2016, he moved abroad for the first time to Italian side Fiorentina, where he only recorded two competitive matches. Hagi returned to Viitorul one and a half years later, aiding to two domestic trophies during his second spell at the club. In 2019, he transferred to Belgium with Genk for a fee which put him among the most expensive sales of the Romanian championship.

In November 2018, Hagi earned his first full cap for Romania in a UEFA Nations League game with Lithuania.

Club career[edit]

Viitorul Constanța[edit]

Hagi was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where his father Gheorghe was playing for Galatasaray.[1][2][3] He joined the Gheorghe Hagi football academy at the age of 10, and made his Liga I debut on 5 December 2014 with Viitorul Constanța at the age of only 16, when he came on as a last-minute substitute for Silviu Pană in a 1–2 home defeat to FC Botoșani, his maiden appearance being handed by his father.[4]

On 29 May 2015, Hagi scored his first goal as a senior, contributing to a 4–4 draw against the same opponent while also acting as a starter for the first time.[5] In June, he gained team captaincy. Hagi scored his second league goal against ACS Poli Timișoara, in a 4–0 home win on 21 August 2015,[6] a few days after having missed a penalty against Concordia Chiajna.[7] In October, he was named by The Guardian as one of the 50 best young footballers in the world born in 1998.[8]


On 10 July 2016, Hagi joined Fiorentina for a €2 million transfer fee.[9][10] He made his league debut on 23 October, replacing Josip Iličić late into a 5–3 away triumph over Cagliari.[11] In April 2017, Hagi was nominated for the European Golden Boy award.[12]

Return to Viitorul Constanța[edit]

Hagi returned to Viitorul Constanța on 18 January 2018 for a reported €2 million, with Fiorentina being entitled to 30% of a future transfer fee.[13][14] In July, he was again nominated for the European Golden Boy award.[15]

Hagi's second spell at his father's team was proven to be more fruitful, managing to score twenty goals in 53 matches all competitions comprised. He won his first career trophy on 25 May 2019, after Viitorul defeated Astra Giurgiu 2–1 in the Cupa României final.


On 12 July 2019, Belgian defending champions Genk announced the signing of Hagi on a five-year contract.[16] Press reported the transfer fee at €8 million with performance bonuses included,[17][18] although some sources gave out the sum as being €10 million for 85% of players's economic rights plus bonuses.[19][20] Viitorul executive president Gheorghe Popescu confirmed that the club also retained interest on the capital gain of a potential future transfer.[21]

On 26 July 2019, Hagi came off the bench on his debut and scored the winning goal in Genk's 2–1 win against Kortrijk in a Belgian First Division round 1 encounter.[22]

International career[edit]

Hagi represented Romania at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels. On 11 September 2018, he scored a direct corner kick in a 2–0 win over the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team.[23]

He was part of team that qualified for the second time in their history for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, starting in all three group matches of the 2019 final tournament in Italy. He netted one each against Croatia and England to help his side progress to the semi-finals as group winners, where they lost 2–4 to defending champions Germany.[24]

On 17 November 2018, Hagi made his senior debut for Romania in a 3–0 UEFA Nations League win over Lithuania, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Claudiu Keșerü.

Style of play[edit]

Ianis and his father Gheorghe in 2015.

Considered to be a promising young footballing talent, Hagi's playing style has drawn comparisons with that of his father's due to his dribbling skills, passing, two-footedness and playmaking ability. Although his preferred role is as an attacking midfielder, he is a quick, agile and versatile midfielder who is also capable of playing in several advanced roles, and has also been used as a winger, a second striker or even a central midfielder on occasion. Due to his vision, technique and eye for goal, he is both capable of creating chances for his teammates and scoring goals himself.[25][26][27][28][29]

Personal life[edit]

Hagi is sponsored by Nike apparel.[30] His father Gheorghe Hagi was a footballer.[31]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 2 November 2019[32]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Viitorul Constanța 2014–15 Liga I 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
2015–16 31 3 1 0 0 0 32 3
2017–18 14 6 14 6
2018–19 31 10 3 3 4 1 38 14
Total 83 20 4 3 0 0 4 1 0 0 91 24
Fiorentina 2016–17 Serie A 2 0 0 0 2 0
Genk 2019–20 Belgian First Division A 11 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 14 3
Career total 96 23 4 3 0 0 7 1 0 0 107 27


As of 16 November 2019[32]
National team Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
2019 8 0
Total 9 0



Viitorul Constanța[32]




  1. ^ "Tatăl-antrenor, fiul-jucător. Gică şi Ianis Hagi, lângă Cruyff, Zidane și Maldini" [Father-coach, son-player. Gică and Ianis Hagi, then Cruyff, Zidane and Maldini] (in Romanian). DigiSport. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ianis, fiul lui Hagi, dezvăluire emoționantă: "Tata ..."" [Ianis, son of Hagi, moving revelation: "Father ..."] (in Romanian). Click. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ Gladwell, Ben (4 October 2016). "Ianis Hagi sets sights on Fiorentina debut after adapting to 'beautiful' club". ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Ultima etapă a turului. Viitorul – Botoşani 1–2. Ianis Hagi a debutat în Liga 1. Gaz Metan – Braşov 2–1. A fost ultimul meci pentru Szabo, în locul său va veni Dusan Uhrin" [The last day of the first leg. Viitorul – Botoşani 1–2. Ianis Hagi made his Liga I debut. Gaz Metan – Braşov 2–1. The final match for Szabo, who will be replaced by Dušan Uhrin] (in Romanian). ProSport. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Zi istorică în Liga 1! Ianis Hagi a marcat primul său gol cu o execuţie de senzaţie » Ce a zis la finalul jocului" [Historical day in Liga I! Ianis Hagi scored his first goal with an amazing strike! » What he said at the end of the match]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Casa "Regală" » Ianis Hagi propulsează Viitorul pe primul loc, după 4–0 cu ACS Poli Timișoara" ["Royal" House » Ianis Hagi propels Viitorul to first place, after a 4–0 with ACS Poli Timișoara]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Ianis Hagi a ratat un penalty contra Concordiei!" [Ianis Hagi missed a penalty against Concordia!] (in Romanian). DigiSport. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Next Generation 2015: 50 of the best young talents in world football". The Guardian. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Hagi, păcălit de italieni când a acceptat ca Ianis să meargă la Fiorentina" [Hagi, fooled by the Italians when he accepted Ianis move to Fiorentina]. Gândul (in Romanian). 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Ianis Hagi joins Fiorentina". Viola Channel. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Cagliari-Fiorentina 3–5, Kalinic e Bernardeschi trascinano i viola" [Cagliari-Fiorentina 3–5, viola follow Kalinic and Bernardeschi's trail]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 23 October 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Vota il Golden Boy 2017: scegli il tuo preferito" [Vote for the 2017 Golden Boy: choose your favourite] (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Bine ai revenit, căpitane!" [Welcome back, captain!] (in Romanian). Viitorul Constanța. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Hagi l-a acuzat că i-a dat "reject" lui Ianis şi a primit răspunsul. Ce i-a transmis oficialul Fiorentinei" [Hagi accused him of "shelving" Ianis and got an answer. The reply of the Fiorentina official] (in Romanian). DigiSport. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  15. ^ Ionuţ Coman (2 July 2018). "FOTO Doi români pe lista celor 100 de candidați pentru trofeul Golden Boy 2018 » Ianis Hagi: "Avem o generație tare, care vine puternic din spate" » Marele favorit face senzație la Mondiale" [PHOTO Two Romanians on the list of 100 candidates for the 2018 Golden Boy trophy » Ianis Hagi: "We have a strong generation, that is pushing hard" » The big favourite is making a splash at the World Cup]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Hagi landt in Genk!" [Hagi arrives in Genk!] (in Dutch). K.R.C. Genk. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Suma reală primită de Viitorul, după transferul lui Ianis Hagi!" [The real sum Viitorul received after Ianis Hagi's transfer] (in Romanian). DigiSport. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Gică Hagi, prima reacţie după transferul lui Ianis la Genk: "Am refuzat o ofertă de 3-4 ori mai mare". Detalii despre suma de transfer" [Gică Hagi, first reaction after Ianis' transfer to Genk: "We rejected an offer 3-4 times bigger".] (in Romanian). ProSport. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019. Even more, Viitorul's manager announced that the sum was lower than 10 million euros, ...
  19. ^ "Ianis Hagi a semnat cu Genk! Mijlocaşul român, cel mai scump transfer din istoria Ligii 1. Ce salariu va avea fotbalistul" [Ianis Hagi signed with Genk! The Romanian midfielder, the most expensive transfer in Liga 1's history. What will his salary be] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Asta e cea mai tare afacere pentru Rege de când investeşte în fotbal! Câţi bani a încasat" [This is the best deal for "the King" since he has invested in football! How much money he will earn] (in Romanian). Telekom Sport. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Viitorul a păstrat un procent din transferul lui Ianis Hagi. Popescu: "Dacă divulgăm datele financiare, nu ne va fi bine"" [Viitorul retained interest from Ianis Hagi's transfer. Popescu: "If we give out financial data, it won't be good for us"] (in Romanian). DigiSport. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  22. ^ "GENK - KORTRIJK 2-1 // VIDEO Ianis Hagi, GOL la prima atingere pentru Genk! Gică Hagi a explodat de fericire în tribune" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 26 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Gheorghe Hagi's son Ianis scores straight from a corner for Romania's Under-21s". 12 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Germany 4–2 Romania". UEFA.com. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
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  27. ^ Michael Yokhin (8 October 2016). "19 teenagers you won't be able to ignore over the next year". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Ianis Hagi, nel nome del padre" [Ianis Hagi, in the name of the father]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 17 August 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  29. ^ Francesco Oddi (1 August 2016). "Fiorentina, da Chiesa, Hagi a Satalino, ecco i giovani in ritiro con Paulo Sousa" [Fiorentina, from Chiesa, Hagi to Satalino, here are the youngsters at the training camp with Paulo Sousa]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Mulțumesc Nike pentru noile ghete" [Thanks for the new boots Nike] (in Romanian). Facebook. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  31. ^ Pearson, Nicola (27 July 2019). "Maldini, Zidane, Kluivert, Hagi, Weah - the sons of legends making their own way". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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