Ronaldinho picks Park Ji-sung as the best in Korea


    Ronaldinho picks Park Ji-sung as the best in Korea

    ++'Alien' Ronaldinho picks Park Ji-sung as the best in Korea++

    "If I had played in the EPL, I would have challenged the top scorer... Korean soccer is world-class"

    Ronaldinho, the 'alien' who commanded the soccer world in the 2000s, picked Park Ji-sung, technical director of Jeonbuk Hyundai, as 'the best Korean player'.

    At a press conference held at the Fairmont Ambassador Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul on the 10th, Ronaldinho answered “Park” when asked who he thinks is the best Korean player among active and retired players.

    “(Park Ji-sung) was a difficult player to stop when I faced him,” he said. “It was great.”

    Ronaldinho played against director Park in the round of 16 of the 2010 European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) as a member of AC Milan (Italy).

    At the time, director Park made a big success by wearing a Manchester United (England) uniform and tying up the opponent's key midfielder, Andrea Pirlo, the current coach of Sampdoria (Italy).

    Not only Ronaldinho, but also former Italian national team defender Marco Materazzi raised his thumb toward Park.

    In response to the same question, Materazzi emphatically said, “Park Ji-sung.”

    Ronaldinho, who made a name for himself as the best 'technician' in Brazil, gave generous reviews to active Korean players.

    He referred to Kim Min-jae, who moved to Bayern Munich (Germany), and

    praised him, saying, “He is a very good player.

    In an indirect comparison with Son Heung-min (Tottenham), a Korean soccer sign who won the English Premier League (EPL) scorer in the 2021-2022 season, pride in his active career was also revealed.

    Ronaldinho, who spent his heyday at the famous football club FC Barcelona (Spain), has never experienced the EPL, which is now evaluated as the world's top league.

    When asked if he would have won the top scorer if he had played in the EPL, Ronaldinho replied, "Unfortunately, I haven't experienced that league, but I think I would have challenged the top scorer of course."

    Regarding the soccer style that made defenders struggle by showing sophisticated kicks and unpredictable skills, he explained, "It was innate and developed through acquired training," and "I am grateful to my parents and coaches for guidance."

    Ronaldinho, Materazzi, and Fabio Cannavaro, who won the Ballon d'Or as a defender in 2006, visited Korea to promote the 'Legend All-Star Game' scheduled for October.

    On October 21st, players who have left a significant mark on world football history, including them, will play a friendly match at Goyang Sports Complex. Ronaldinho said,

    "This match will be fun for the fans, but it's an opportunity for us to enjoy too." He added, "I don't know why I continue to be loved. I just want to say thank you to my fans. The support from Korean fans makes me smile. I will continue to show you a happy image."

    I think they have risen to the world level now."

    Ronaldinho led Brazil, which defeated Germany in the final of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup to become world champions.


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