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The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time

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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  • 1

    Gheorghe Hagi

    Midfielder
    1,151
    120

    BirthplaceSăcele, Constanța, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Gheorghe Hagi (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe ˈhad͡ʒi] (listen); born 5 February 1965) is a Romanian former professional footballer, considered one of the best players in the world during the  ...more

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  • 2

    Gheorghe Popescu

    Defender
    482
    138

    BirthplaceCalafat, Sud-Vest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Gheorghe "Gică" Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe ˈd͡ʒikə poˈpesku]; born 9 October 1967) is a retired Romanian former professional football defender, former captain of FC Barcelona and key  ...more

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  • 3

    Nicolae Dobrin

    Midfielder
    438
    121

    BirthplaceSud, Pitești, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Nicolae Dobrin (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e doˈbrin]; 26 August 1947 – 26 October 2007) was a Romanian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Nicknamed Gâscanul ("The Gander") or  ...more
  • 4
    Defender
    330
    111

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Romania

    Daniel Vasile Petrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [daniˈel vaˈsile peˈtresku]; born 22 December 1967) is a Romanian football manager and former professional footballer who played as a full back or a  ...more
  • 5

    Adrian Ilie

    Forward, Midfielder
    191
    60

    BirthplaceCraiova, Sud-Vest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Not to be confused with Adrian Ilie (footballer, born 1981) Adrian Bucurel Ilie (Romanian pronunciation: [adriˈan bukuˈrel iˈli.e]; born 20 April 1974) is a Romanian former international footballer  ...more
  • 6

    Helmuth Duckadam

    Goalkeeper
    217
    89

    BirthplaceSemlac, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Helmuth Robert Duckadam (Romanian pronunciation: [helˈmut dukaˈdam]; born 1 April 1959) is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper and the current president of FC FCSB. He was dubbed  ...more
  • 7
    Forward, Midfielder
    385
    135

    BirthplaceCălinești, Argeș

    NationalityRomania

    Adrian Mutu (Romanian pronunciation: [adriˈan ˈmutu] (listen); born 8 January 1979) is a Romanian football coach and former player who is currently the reserve team coach at United Arab Emirates club  ...more

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  • 8

    Ilie Dumitrescu

    Forward, Midfielder
    161
    53

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Ilie Dumitrescu (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e dumiˈtresku]; born 6 January 1969) is a Romanian former football player and coach, who was last manager of Steaua Bucureşti. A tricky forward, he shot  ...more
  • 9

    Ilie Balaci

    Playmaker, Forward
    225
    67

    BirthplaceDolj County, Sud-Vest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Ilie Balaci (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e ˈbalat͡ʃʲ]; 13 September 1956 – 21 October 2018) was a Romanian football midfielder and manager. He spent 12 of his 15 years as a professional with  ...more
  • 10

    Marius Lăcătuș

    Forward
    205
    88

    BirthplaceBrașov, Centru, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Marius Mihai Lăcătuș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmari.us miˈhaj ləkəˈtuʃ]; born 5 April 1964) is a Romanian football coach and former professional footballer. He is by far the most successful  ...more
  • 11

    Miodrag Belodedici

    Defender
    146
    50

    BirthplaceVest, Socol, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Miodrag Belodedici (Romanian pronunciation: [beloˈdedit͡ʃʲ]; Serbian Миодраг Белодедић / Miodrag Belodedić; born 20 May 1964) is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a sweeper. Nicknamed the  ...more

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  • 12

    Dorinel Munteanu

    Midfielder
    118
    49

    BirthplaceVest, Grădinari, Caraș-Severin, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Romanian pronunciation: [doriˈnel munˈte̯anu]; born 25 June 1968) is a Romanian retired professional footballer and manager. Munteanu is the most capped Romanian player of all  ...more
  • 13

    Răzvan Raț

    Defender
    151
    87

    BirthplacePiatra-Olt, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Răzvan Dincă Raț (Romanian pronunciation: [rəzˈvan rat͡s]; born 26 May 1981) is a Romanian former professional footballer who usually played as a left back. Raț's honours include eight league titles  ...more
  • 14

    Cosmin Contra

    Defender, Midfielder
    123
    68

    BirthplaceTimișoara, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Cosmin Marius Contra (Romanian pronunciation: [kosˈmin ˈmari.us ˈkontra]; born 15 December 1975) is a Romanian former footballer, and is the manager of Romania. Primarily an offensive-minded right  ...more
  • 15

    Iuliu Barátky

    Forward
    87
    65

    BirthplaceOradea, Nord-Vest, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Romania

    Gyula Barátky (Romanian: Iuliu Baratky; 14 May 1910 – 14 April 1962) was a football player who represented both Hungary and Romania. His preferred position was the half right. He played a total of  ...more
  • 16

    Mirel Rădoi

    Defender, Midfielder
    79
    63

    BirthplaceDrobeta-Turnu Severin, Sud-Vest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Mirel Matei Rădoi (born 22 March 1981) is a Romanian former football midfielder who also played as a centre back. Radoi is considered a symbolic player for Steaua București. He became also a symbolic  ...more
  • 17
    354
    87

    BirthplaceVest, Reșița, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Cristian Eugen Chivu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristiˈan e.uˈd͡ʒen ˈkivu]; born 26 October 1980) is a Romanian former footballer. He usually played as a left back, but he was also used as a central  ...more
  • 18

    Iuliu Bodola

    Forward
    54
    42

    BirthplaceBrașov, Centru, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Romania

    Iuliu Bodola (also known as Gyula Bodola; 26 February 1912 – 12 March 1992) was a Romanian association football striker who played internationally for Romania and Hungary. His nickname was Duduş.  ...more
  • 19

    József Pecsovszky

    Forward
    51
    49

    BirthplaceTimișoara, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Romania

    József Pecsovszky or Iosif Petschovschi (also known as József Perényi; 2 July 1921 – 6 October 1968), was a Romanian football player with Hungarian nationality. His nickname was Peci. He could play  ...more
  • 20

    Mircea Lucescu

    Forward
    147
    70

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Mircea Lucescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku]; born 29 July 1945) is a Romanian football manager and former player who was most recently in charge of Turkey. During his playing  ...more
  • 21

    László Bölöni

    Midfielder
    119
    48

    BirthplaceTârgu Mureș, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    László Bölöni (also called Ladislau Bölöni; born 11 March 1953) is a Romanian former footballer and current manager of Belgian First Division A club Royal Antwerp. An ethnic Hungarian, Bölöni was  ...more
  • 22

    Adrian Ilie

    Defender
    126
    60

    BirthplaceNord-Est, Iași, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Adrian Ilie (born 26 November 1981 in Iaşi) is a Romanian football player who plays for Bradul Borca. He plays as a central defender, but can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a left  ...more
  • 23

    Titus Ozon

    22
    21
    Titus Ozon (13 May 1927 – 24 November 1996) was a Romanian international football striker and manager. He was considered one of the greatest talents of the postwar in the Romanian football, famous  ...more
  • 24

    Dudu Georgescu

    Forward
    92
    34

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Dudu Georgescu (born 1 September 1950) is a retired Romanian footballer who played as a forward and a former coach. Best known for his Dinamo Bucharest spell, which consisted of 10 Divizia A seasons  ...more
  • 25

    Marcel Răducanu

    Forward, Midfielder
    57
    24

    BirthplaceBucharest, Romania

    NationalityRomania

    Marcel Răducanu (born 21 October 1954 in Bucharest) is a Romanian former footballer who played for Steaua Bucureşti, Borussia Dortmund, FC Zürich and the Romanian national team. Between 1976 and  ...more