Record goal scorer Lee to retire

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2020

South Korean striker and Asian Champions League record goal scorer, Lee Dong-gook has said he will bring an end to his 23-year career at the end of the season.

The 41-year-old, who has won two Asian club titles, will play his last domestic league game for Jeonbuk Motors against Daegu on 1 November, a match that could bring him an eighth Korean league crown. “It’s been 23 years for me as a pro. However, it felt like one lost year for me because I was not able to fully enjoy this time as a player with many people due to COVID-19,” Lee said in a video posted on Youtube.

Lee started his career with Pohang Steelers and quickly established himself as one of the finest strikers in Asian football, helping his club to the 1987/88 Asian Club Championship title. He was included in the South Korea squad for the 1998 World Cup, and at the Asian Cup finals in 2000 finished top scorer.

A combination of injury and loss of form saw him omitted from Guus Hiddink’s squad which reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home soil.

After short, unsuccessful spells in Europe with Werder Bremen and Middlesbrough, Lee returned to prominence in Korea, initially with Seonngam Ilhwa in 2008 before switching to Jeonbuk Motors a year later.


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2020

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