Marius Niculae was once described by Rufay Zapata as the "most aggressive forward" he has ever come across. Not aggressive in PES terms, but Niculae is surely becoming a true leader on the pitch for Dinamo Bucuresti as he runs for every ball, fights for possession and drags the team along with him, by force if necessary. Niculae is really a fan's darling and don't get fooled by his smiles and civilized behaviour during interviews, this guy is the epitome of what passion means. He started out as a shooting star for Rapid Bucuresti and soon got compared to Andrei Shevchenko due to his style. He was a very interesting prospect and earned the interest of some high profile teams but he went for Sporting Lissabon. After a great debut and being considered the fan's favourite player he then suffered from a huge blow, a very complicated injury which took him years to get over it. He didn't connect with the team anymore and became a journeyman for quite some seasons without doing well in any of the clubs he played for. He then finally decided to return to Romania signing this time with the infamous red dogs. Over here he started to get his confidence back and even got NT call ups again.
Marius Niculae isn't the fastest anymore by any means sadly, probably due to the injury he suffered from but this guy has a left foot that can bomb the ball with impeccable power past any keeper. He's also renowned for his incredible heading which enables him to be a huge force in the air despite his relatively low height.