Top 10 South Korean Footballers Of All Time

In the countdown to the 2018 World Cup we look at the top 10 South Korean Footballers.

Seol Ki-hyeon

2000-09, 83 caps, 19 goals

The first South Korean player to score in the Champions League, Ki-hyeon joined several other Premier League clubs including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Reading and Fulham and was a key player in the 2002 World Cup.

Choi Soon-ho

1980-91, 94 caps, 30 goals

Choi finished as the top scorer at the AFC Asian Cup with seven goals. Domestically, he won two K-League (top division) titles and finished as a runner-up on three separate occasions.

Lee Dong-gook

1998-present, 99 caps, 30 goals

Top scorer of the K League, Lee made his national team debut in 1998 whilst also playing at Werder Bremen and Middlesbrough.

Kim Joo-sung

1985-96, 77 caps, 14 goals

Kim featured in three World Cup tournaments and the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was chosen as Asian Footballer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Hwang Sun-Hongh

1988-2002, 103 caps, 50 goals

His most memorable goals were against reigning champions Germany in the 1994 World Cup. Part of the 2001 Confederations Cup team, Hwang ended the competition as joint-top scorer.

Lee Young-pyo

1999-2011, 127 caps, five goals

Lee spent most of his career playing in Europe, with PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur (almost 100 appearances across three years) and Borussia Dortmund. He was the third-most capped player in South Korea's history.

Lee Woon-jae

1994-2010, 132 caps, no goals

Kim featured in three World Cup tournaments and the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was chosen as Asian Footballer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

Hong Myung-bo

1990-2002, 136 caps, 10 goals

The captain of the South Korea national team in the 2002 World Cup, his performances earned him a place in the All-Star Team and saw him awarded the Bronze Ball for the third-best player at the tournament. Hong later went on to manage the national team.

Park Ji-sung

2000-2011, 100 caps, 13 goals

Park won two Eredivisie titles, four Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy, and a FIFA Club World Cup, making him the most decorated Asian player of all time. He was also the first Asian player to score in three consecutive World Cup tournaments.

Cha Bum-kun

1972-1986, 121 caps, 55 goals

During a 10-year stay in Germany, Cha scored 98 goals in 308 games, winning two UEFA Cups and the DFB-Pokal. The International Federation of Football History & Statistics named him the greatest Asian footballer of the 20th century.