Nicolae Dobrin is well-known within Romania, but has remained largely unknown to most. A majestic attacking midfielder, Dobrin is regarded by those who saw him as one of the finest dribblers the game has ever seen. Dobrin spent almost his entire career with Romanian side Arges Pitesti, making his debut
in 1959 and leaving the club in 1981. Real Madrid tried to sign him after he scored against them at the Bernabeu, but after meetings with the Romanian leader, Dobrin was denied the move under the communist regime, things could have been very different had he been allowed to join Los Blancos.