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Top famous players in Asian football (Part 1)

Asian football although their football background is not as developed as European or South American football. Asian players have world-class qualities. Here are the most famous Asian players.

1. Park Ji-sung

He is a former professional Korean footballer who used to be a midfielder, and is currently the club ambassador for Manchester United.

Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, Park is the most successful Asian player in history, having won 19 titles in his career. He is the first Asian football player to have won the UEFA Champions League, to participate in the UEFA Champions League final, as well as the first Asian to win the FIFA Club World Cup. Park can play anywhere in midfield and is noted for his exceptional fitness level, discipline, work ethic and out-of-ball movement. 

Park’s talent was received by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he signed Park for around £ 4 million in July 2005. During his time at United, Park won the Premier League title four times and also won 2007 UEFA Champions League championship and 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in July 2012 after reducing the number of appearances for Manchester United last season. However, a season of injury disruption with QPR, combined with the club’s relegation, led to Park rejoining PSV on loan for the 2013-14 season.

As a member of the Korean national team, Park won 100 points and scored 13 goals. He is a member of the team that finished fourth at the 2002 World Cup. He also represented his country at the 2006 World Cup and was the captain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Park scored in three consecutive tournaments (the first time South Korea and only the second Asian player to do so) and is currently Korea’s top scorer in the World Cup final with three goals , along with Ahn Jung-hwan and Son Heung-Min.

2. Ahn Jung-hwan

Is a former Korean football player and TV character. A legend of Korean football, he gained world attention by scoring a golden goal for Korea against Italy in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, and he was fired from Italian club Perugia with that year due to not meeting expectations.

Ahn also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, and was selected for Korea in two more World Cups, in 2006 and 2010. After retiring as a soccer player, he became a TV host (JTBC’s Please Take Care of My) and a football commentator.

Ahn married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won in 2001 and received this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scored. Unlike football, Ahn is noted for his model-like appearance and has appeared in many make-up ads. The Korean media often shows a similar facial appearance between the soccer player and actor Cha In-pyo. He said that as a pure compliment.