The Best Romanian Football Player of All Time!

It's time for a little history as we talk about the best Romanian football player of all time.

The Romanian national football team had the most success in the '90, when they only missed one final tournament, the Euro 92. One more notable period for the team is the participation in the first 3 World Cups (1930, 1934 and 1938), although without much to brag about. Other than that they had sporadic appearances in the euro tournament and the world cup, despite having talented players. Here is the top 3:

3. Ilie Balaci  - born in 1956, "the Blonde Wonder" or "the Prince", played most of his career for Universitatea Craiova and is to this day the youngest player to have played for the national team at 17 years 6 months and 10 days. Known for his creativity behind the strikers his style on the pitch was changed in 1984 when a horrible injury almost ended his playing days at just 27 years. After that he was never the same.

2 times Romanian player of the year - 1981 and 1982
2 times Romanian League champion - 1974, 1980 and 1981
4 times Romanian Cup winner - 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983

Ilie Balaci

2. Nicolae Dobrin - born in 1947, known as "the Gander" for his walking style and his elegance in the grass , he was perhaps the most talented Romanian football player of all time. He was a midfielder that had the ability to win matches by himself. FC Arges, one of the smaller teams in the league, managed to win 2 titles with Dobrin as the leader. An offer of 2 million dollars from Real Madrid (double the price of the most expensive player of that time) was refused by the Romanian communist authorities and has thus denied him the chance to become one of the best players not only in Romania but in the world. He died in 2007 after a long battle with lung cancer.

3 times Romanian player of the year - 1966, 1967 and 1971
2 times Romanian League champion - 1972 and 1979

Nicolae Dobrin

1. Gheorghe Hagi - born in 1965, "the Maradona of the Carpathians" or "the King" is the best Romanian football player of all time and is regarded as a national hero in his home country. The playmaker had the chance of playing in the best team Romania had, at the 1994 World Cup, an opportunity that helped him outshine Ilie Balaci or Nicolae Dobrin. He is one of the few notable players that was part of the giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Later in his career Hagi signed for Galatasaray and is regarded as one of the most important persons in developing the football quality in Turkey. In 2000, at the age of 35, he won the UEFA Cup (in a final against Arsenal) and the European SuperCup against Real Madrid, an unmatched performance for a Turkish club.

6 times Romanian player of the year - 1985, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000
3 times Romanian League champion - 1987, 1988 and 1989
4 times Turkish League champion - 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
3 times Romanian Cup winner - 1987, 1988 and 1989
2 times Turkish Cup winner - 1999 and 2000
1 time UEFA Cup winner - 2000
1 time European SuperCup - 1986
1994 FIFA World Cup All Star Team

Gheorghe Hagi