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​Aluita rates Spurs, Rangers target Hagi better than Messi, Ronaldo at same age

Rangers loanee Ianis Hagi is better with the ball at his feet than two of the best players at the world were at his age.

That is the opinion of fellow Romanian youngster Marian Aliuta.

He was hyping up his countryman, who is the son of legend Gheorge Hagi.

He compared Ianis to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when they were 21.

"Neither Messi nor Ronaldo hit the ball so perfectly with both feet when they were Ianis' age," Aliuta told DigiSport.

"That's his big advantage. His technical skill with both feet is incredible. Although he's not the quickest, his positional sense is excellent too.

"He's a really smart player, but he must be allowed to grow and improve at his own rate without too much pressure being put on him.

"Everyone will obviously compare him to Gheorghe because he has this famous name on his back. But that won't make him a success on its own.

"He knows he can't take the name for granted. The more matches he plays and the more experience he gets, the better he will be for it.

"There's no question he will grow enormously and have a great career."

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