Defender who played for Inter Milan from 2007 to 2014 and the Romanian national team from 1999 to 2010. He has more than 110,000 followers on his cristianchivu Instagram account.
He played for Reșița from 1996 to 1998.
He played for Romania at the UEFA European Championships in 2000 and 2008.
He married Adelina Elisei in 2008.
He and Raul Rusescu have both played for the Romanian national team.