Gheorghe Hagi intends to sell Viitorul Constanta football club
Former Romanian footballer Gheorghe Hagi intends to sell the majority stake in Viitorul Constanta football club, which he set up seven years ago, ziare.com reports. The announcement was made by the club’s director general Cristian Bivolaru.
Bivolaru has said Hagi intends to sell the majority stake to Romanian businessmen, to remain minority shareholder and to coordinate the club’s activity.
“We need capital increase and Hagi is ready to sell part of the shares. Not to recuperate investments, but to go on by achieving performance. His wish is to have by his side Romanian shareholders, if this is not be possible he would find another solution. He wants to hold a minority share and to coordinate the club’s activity from the technical point of view. We have more advertising and sponsorship than any other club in Liga 1 because people associate the name of the club with the Gheorghe Hagi ‘brand’,” Bivolaru said for ProSport live.
Gheorghe Hagi set up Viitorul Constanta football club in 2009, with higher performance every year. He is currently both owner and chairman of the club. Hagi also established the Gheorghe Hagi football academy, one of the biggest football academies in Southeastern Europe.
This summer the club played in Europa League qualifiers. The club’s annual budget amounts to EUR 4 million.
Gheorghe Hagi was a Romanian former footballer, considered one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s and the greatest Romanian footballer of all time. Galatasaray fans called him ‘Comandante’ (The Commander) and Romanians called him ‘Regele’ (The King).
Nicknamed “The Maradona of the Carpathians”, Hagi was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times, and was regarded as one of the best football players of his generation.
Hagi played for the Romanian national team in three World Cups in 1990, 1994 (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998, as well as in three European Football Championships in 1984, 1996 and 2000. He won a total of 125 caps for Romania, ranked second after Dorinel Munteanu, and is the joint leading goal scorer (alongside Adrian Mutu) with 35 goals.