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Gheorghe Popescu
Gender Male
Ethnic Romanian
Job Romanian Footballer
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Club as Player Galatasaray

2012 08 26 Retrieve

[Popescu says Only huge Real Madrid fans think Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Messi] You have to be a big Madrid fan to think Cristiano as better than Messi. Take away allegiance and there is no possible comparison between them. There is Messi and then there are others. Cristiano is a great player but does not have the quality to win a game that only Messi has

[The former Tottenham defender was made club captain after his arrival from White Hart Lane at Camp Nou by Johan Cruyff, the Dutch coach who is credited for many of Barcelona’s modern footballing philosophies today] Yes and I did not believe it myself. I think that [Cruyff] took the armband from Guillermo Amor, who was a legend at Barca, to give it to me, who had just arrived. No one understood, not even me, but I’ve never been so proud as when I was captain of the club

If Cruyff had been a woman, I would have proposed every day! Nobody made me play with as much confidence as he did

2012 08 26b Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola’s impact on the fortunes of the Blaugrana has been heralded by many, and Popescu believes not even the now-revered coach himself could have expected he would succeed to such a level] I do not think even he imagined [so much success]. But you could tell he was a leader, a guy with a lot of character, who was born and raised in the club

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Their club’s president - former Barcelona and Spurs star Gheorghe Popescu, who is also Hagi senior’s brother-in-law - admitted he was delighted Rangers chose to go through with their option to buy Ianis Hagi.] were obviously expecting this transfer because we had information from Scotland and we knew Rangers wanted him very much. It was always only going to be a matter of time before he became an official Rangers player. I believe this transfer is an important step in Ianis’ career. He needed continuity and he’s at a club and a coach who wanted him very much. And he’s playing in front of passionate fans who have loved him from the start. He’s at Rangers on merit. Now everyone at the club is waiting for Ianis to take the next step which would be to become an automatic starter for the national team