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List Rules Soccer players from Romania or played on the Romanian national team.

The best Romanian soccer players have been international superstars and altered the way the game is played. In addition to being a formidable national team for the World Cups, Romanian footballers have played for many top football clubs throughout the world. But who is the best Romanian soccer player of all time? Fans have ranked their favorites below!

This list of the best soccer players from Romania below has been voted by fans across the world--including Romanian of course. The list includes positions played and photos when available. These Romanian footballers have been ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Romanian soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find what you're looking for.

While many football fans consider Gheorghe Hagi the best Romanian football player, some would also put Nicolae Dobrin in the running. Unfortunately, we'll never know since they played in different eras. The list you're viewing has a variety of players, like István Avar and Elek Schwartz, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Romanian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Romanian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Romania in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the best Romanian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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698 92
Gheorghe Hagi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder
Gheorghe Hagi is a Romanian former footballer, considered one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s and the greatest Romanian footballer of all time. Galatasaray ...more

2
297 87
Gheorghe Popescu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender
Gheorghe Gică Popescu is a retired Romanian football defender, former captain of FC Barcelona and key part of the Romania national team in the 1990s. He played for a string of European clubs in ...more

3
295 88
Nicolae Dobrin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder
Nicolae Dobrin was a Romanian football player. He was named Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions, in 1966, 1967, and 1971. Nicolae Dobrin Stadium in Pitești is named after him. One of ...more

4
240 80
Cristian Chivu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender
Cristian Eugen Chivu is a former Romanian footballer. He usually played left back, but preferred playing centre back. He began his career at his hometown club FCM Reșița before moving to ...more

5
267 107
Adrian Mutu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
Adrian Mutu is a former Romanian footballer who played as a forward. His career has included setbacks including two long suspensions for failed drugs tests. Despite this, he was regarded as one ...more

6
229 79
Dan Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender
Daniel Vasile Petrescu is a Romanian football manager and former player, he last managed Al-Arabi in Qatar. He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and ...more

7
144 47
Ilie Balaci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Playmaker, Forward
Ilie Balaci is a retired Romanian football midfielder and current manager. He is considered one of the greatest Romanian footballers of all time, along with Gheorghe Hagi, Nicolae Dobrin, Marcel ...more

8
143 63
Marius Lăcătuș is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward
Marius Mihai Lăcătuș is a Romanian retired football player and football coach. He is so far the most successful football player ever to play for Steaua București. He is all time top scorer for ...more

9
127 54
Mircea Lucescu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mircea Lucescu Forward
Mircea Lucescu is a Romanian former footballer and manager of Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk with whom he won the UEFA Cup 2008–09. He was named Romania Coach of the Year in ...more

10
110 48
Helmuth Duckadam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Goalkeeper
Helmuth Robert Duckadam is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville" due to his display in the 1986 European Cup Final, won by his ...more

11
94 41
Adrian Ilie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Adrian Ilie Forward, Midfielder
Adrian Bucurel Ilie is a Romanian former international footballer. His nickname was Cobra, because of his skills to attack on the field.

12
86 37
Ilie Dumitrescu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
Ilie Dumitrescu is a Romanian former football player and coach, who was last manager of Steaua Bucureşti. A tricky forward, he shot to fame when his frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and ...more

13
88 40
Miodrag Belodedici is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender
Miodrag Belodedici is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a sweeper. Nicknamed the deer due to his elegant tackles, he spent the majority of his 19-year professional career with Steaua ...more

14
80 34
László Bölöni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder
László Bölöni is a Romanian football manager and former player. One of the all-time greatest Romanian midfielders, Bölöni was a box-to-box midifielder well ...more

15
104 53
Adrian Ilie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Adrian Ilie Defender
Adrian Ilie is a Romanian football player, currently under contract with FC Politehnica Iași. He is a central defender who can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a left back. Ilie started ...more

16
117 65
Răzvan Raț is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Răzvan Raț Defender
Răzvan Dincă Raț is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC in Greece as a left back. His honours include eight league titles, one Romanian Cup, four Ukrainian Cups, one UEFA ...more

17
92 46
Cosmin Contra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Cosmin Contra Defender, Midfielder
Cosmin Marius Contra is a Romanian retired footballer who played mainly as a right back, and the current manager of Guangzhou R&F FC. Offensive-minded, he could also appear as a midfielder, ...more

18
70 30
Dudu Georgescu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dudu Georgescu Forward
Dudu Georgescu is a retired Romanian footballer. He began his career at Progresul Bucureşti. He currently holds the record for the most goals in Romania's Divizia A with 252 goals, as well as ...more

19
82 40
Dorinel Munteanu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dorinel Munteanu Midfielder
Dorinel Ionel Munteanu is a Romanian football manager and former midfielder. He is the head coach of Astra Giurgiu.

20
68 44
Iuliu Barátky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward
Gyula Barátky was a football player who had represented both Hungary and Romania. His preferred position was the half right. He played a total of 155 games in the national Romanian ...more

21
43 27
Iuliu Bodola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward
Iuliu Bodola was a Romanian-Hungarian footballer who played international football for both of those nations. His nickname was Duduş.

22
44 22
Ioan Sabău is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ioan Sabău Midfielder
Ioan Ovidiu Sabău is a former Romanian football midfielder, who was born in Câmpia-Turzii and debuted in Divizia A with U Cluj in 1986. He later won the league title with Dinamo București ...more

23
38 21
Ioan Lupescu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder
Ioan Angelo Lupescu, widely known as Ionuţ Lupescu is a former Romanian footballer who played as a midfielder. He became a member of FIFA's Technical and Development Committee in early 2008.

24
39 23
Marcel Răducanu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Răducanu Forward, Midfielder
Marcel Răducanu is a Romanian former footballer who played for Steaua Bucureşti, Borussia Dortmund, FC Zürich and the Romanian national team. Between 1976 and 1981, he played 21 games for ...more

25
66 52
Ștefan Radu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ștefan Radu Defender
Ștefan Daniel Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Lazio.