Rei Manaj was born in Lushnjë, Albania on 24 February 1997. The striker played in the youth teams at Serie A club Sampdoria before joining Serie C side Cremonese in the summer of 2014.
A year later he signing for Internazionale and made nine appearances for the Milan club before going on loan first to Pescara and then to Pisa. In 2014 he was loaned to Spanish club Granada and at the start of the 2018/19 season Manaj made the move to Albacete where he made 37 appearances in the Spanish Second Division, scoring nine goals. The striker made his debut for the Albanian national side in November 2015 aged just 18.
A striker who is a real poacher in the penalty area, works hard defensively and has an important physical presence.