|Date of birth||30 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Iași, Romania|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2013||→ Standard Liège (loan)||8||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2015.
Cristea started his career in his home town, Iași, for Politehnica. He made his debut in the Liga I in 2004, after the team won its promotion from the second division. Cristea impressed in the first half of the 2004–05 season, scoring five goals in 15 games. Between the teams against he managed to score was found Steaua Bucharest.
That goal brought him in the attention of Steaua's rivals, Dinamo who enrolled the player in January 2005.
He became a favourite for the fans with his technique and his goals from outside the area, but was criticised for his lack of attitude in some games. Also, he became an important figure in the tabloids due to his lovelife.
Universitatea Cluj and Petrolul
In December 2010, Cristea was sold to Universitatea Cluj, his former club Dinamo Bucureşti received a total fee of €2m.
In the summer of 2012, he was transferred to Petrolul Ploiești, with the entire squad of Universitatea Cluj, when the owner of the Cluj team took control of Petrolul.
On July 30, he signed a two-year contract with Steaua Bucharest. He made his debut for Steaua Bucharest on August 11, against Dinamo Bucharest, the team where he played for 6 years between 2004-2010. Steaua won that game 2-1.
On September 14, he scored his first goal for Steaua Bucharest, against Săgeata.
He failed to win a place in the first team, and in April 2014, Cristea ended his contract with Steaua.
In September 2014, Cristea reached an agreement with Liga I team Concordia Chiajna.
In February 2007, Cristea made his debut for the national team, in a friendly game against Moldova. In 2008, he was called by Victor Piţurcă in the squad for European Championship, but he didn't receive a chance to play.
As of 21 September 2013[update]
- "Adrian Cristea rouche". standard.be (Standard Liège). 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Adrian Cristea nu mai e jucătorul Stelei. Fotbalistul se va alege cu despăgubiri după rezilierea contractului". Andrei Militaru (Adevărul). 11 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.