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Lee Kang-in, the youngest foreign player in the shoot-dori… First U20 World Cup MVP

Lee Kang-in has risen to the top of the league by recording double-digit attack points in the Spanish Primera Liga this year. At the U20 World Cup held in 2019메이저사이트, he was the first Korean male player to win the Golden Ball.

This is reporter Kim Chang-seop.

Lee Kang-in made his name known to the public through a soccer entertainment program in 2007.

He subsequently moved to Spain and joined the Valencia youth academy where he began his footballing career in Europe.

Lee Kang-in
“I will become a good player by leading our country well like my older brothers.”

He made his adult debut with the Valencia first team in 2018, aged 17 years, 8 months and 11 days, becoming the youngest foreign player in Valencia’s history.

Afterwards, after moving to Mallorca in 2021, Lee Kang-in will repeat the leap from a bench player to a key player.

This season, he played 36 games in the Spanish Primera Liga alone and became the first Korean to record double-digit attack points in La Liga with 6 goals and 6 assists.

He showed outstanding performance in defense, which was pointed out as a weakness, and was nominated for La Liga Midfielder of the Year.

Lee Kang-in’s presence in the national team is even greater.

In the 2019 U20 World Cup, he participated with his brothers and led the team to runner-up, leaving his name as the first Korean Golden Ball winner in a FIFA-sponsored competition. 

Lee Kang-in
“I will continue to become a better player and try to show better results and better performances as a representative of Korea.”

At last year’s World Cup in Qatar, he joined the national team at the last minute and scored a picturesque header goal by Cho Kyu-seong.

This is Kim Chang-seop from TV Chosun.

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