taken from romaniansoccer.oHagi is considered a bigger player than Balaci only by those who don't know shit. Everyone who has seen all 3 say the order is
1.Dobrin 2.Balaci 3.Hagi
I don't care about who considers what, Hagi is overrated. If it wasn't for Gica Popescu, Dan Petrescu and an entire generation of great players, Hagi wouldn't have done shit in 1994. (Just like he didn't do shit at Real Madrid). I personally even rate Mutu over Hagi.
I didnt state that Balaci was just a mediocre player or something... but Hagi scored way more goals, was more successful even in Romania and he didnt play as forward...Man, not all is about statistics. If you guys want to just believe what you read in the press and on the internet go ahead. I'm talking about people who lived during those times and who have seen all 3 of them. Steaua, Dinamo, Craiova or Arges fans, most agree on that order. Hagi just had the luck that he spent his prime out of communism.
Don't forget Balaci retired at 28. I know to most of you guys Hagi is some sort of hero and it's what got you into Romanian football. And that is what frustrates me the most. I'm not going to say Balaci was more talented than Hagi, because he was just a better team player. But I will say Dobrin was light years more talented.
And who would? All the genial players need a team around them in order to perform. But Hagi made the difference in that WC.Romania in 1994 wouldn't have done anything if it was just Hagi and nothing around him.
Even there you are exaggerating. First of all, notice that he was 33 and 35 in those tournaments. Most legends are out of the picture at that age. In 98, he wasn´t in a good form, but even then he assisted Ilie´s goal against Colombia and Moldovan´s goal against England. Against Tunisia he had a good game. In 2000 he had a very good first game vs Germany and was ok vs Portugal. Against Italy he suffered a heavy attack at the beginning and couldn´t play his best, but even then he almost scored from that fantastic lob that hit the post.I should also mention, Hagi was utter crap in 98 and 2000.