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The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 11.3k votes 1.8k voters 92.4k views92 items

List RulesSoccer 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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    Gheorghe Hagi

    Midfielder
    Gheorghe Hagi (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe ˈhad͡ʒi] (listen); born 5 February 1965) is a...  more

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    Gheorghe "Gică" Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe ˈd͡ʒikə poˈpesku]; born 9 October...  more

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    119

    Nicolae Dobrin

    Midfielder
    Nicolae Dobrin (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e doˈbrin]; 26 August 1947 – 26 October 2007)...  more
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    324
    111

    Dan Petrescu

    Defender
    Daniel Vasile Petrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [daniˈel vaˈsile peˈtresku]; born 22 December...  more
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    184
    56

    Adrian Ilie

    Forward, Midfielder
    Not to be confused with Adrian Ilie (footballer, born 1981) Adrian Bucurel Ilie (Romanian...  more
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    212
    86
    Helmuth Robert Duckadam (Romanian pronunciation: [helˈmut dukaˈdam]; born 1 April 1959) is a...  more
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    Adrian Mutu

    Forward, Midfielder
    Adrian Mutu (Romanian pronunciation: [adriˈan ˈmutu] (listen); born 8 January 1979) is a...  more

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    Ilie Balaci

    Playmaker, Forward
    Ilie Balaci (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e ˈbalat͡ʃʲ]; 13 September 1956 – 21 October 2018)...  more
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    54

    Ilie Dumitrescu

    Forward, Midfielder
    Ilie Dumitrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e dumiˈtresku]; born 6 January 1969) is a...  more
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    90
    Marius Mihai Lăcătuș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmari.us miˈhaj ləkəˈtuʃ]; born 5 April 1964)...  more
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    52
    Miodrag Belodedici (Romanian pronunciation: [beloˈdedit͡ʃʲ]; Serbian Миодраг Белодедић /...  more
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    116
    54

    Dorinel Munteanu

    Midfielder
    Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Romanian pronunciation: [doriˈnel munˈte̯anu]; born 25 June 1968) is a...  more
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    159
    89

    Răzvan Raț

    Defender
    Răzvan Dincă Raț (Romanian pronunciation: [rəzˈvan rat͡s]; born 26 May 1981) is a Romanian...  more
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    130
    67

    Cosmin Contra

    Defender, Midfielder
    Cosmin Marius Contra (Romanian pronunciation: [kosˈmin ˈmari.us ˈkontra]; born 15 December...  more
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    89
    60
    Gyula Barátky (Romanian: Iuliu Baratky; 14 May 1910 – 14 April 1962) was a football player who...  more
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    78
    54

    Mirel Rădoi

    Defender, Midfielder
    Mirel Matei Rădoi (born 22 March 1981) is a Romanian former football midfielder who also...  more
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    355
    91
    Cristian Eugen Chivu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristiˈan e.uˈd͡ʒen ˈkivu]; born 26 October...  more
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    54
    41
    Iuliu Bodola (also known as Gyula Bodola; 26 February 1912 – 12 March 1992) was a Romanian...  more
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    József Pecsovszky or Iosif Petschovschi (also known as József Perényi; 2 July 1921 – 6 October...  more
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    72

    Mircea Lucescu

    Forward
    Mircea Lucescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku]; born 29 July 1945) is a...  more
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    118
    48
    László Bölöni (also called Ladislau Bölöni; born 11 March 1953) is a Romanian former...  more
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    20

    Titus Ozon

    Titus Ozon (13 May 1927 – 24 November 1996) was a Romanian international football striker and...  more
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    132
    66

    Adrian Ilie

    Defender
    Adrian Ilie (born 26 November 1981 in Iaşi) is a Romanian football player who plays for Bradul...  more
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    94
    37
    Dudu Georgescu (born 1 September 1950) is a retired Romanian footballer who played as a...  more
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    55
    28

    Marcel Răducanu

    Forward, Midfielder
    Marcel Răducanu (born 21 October 1954 in Bucharest) is a Romanian former footballer who played...  more