Veteran striker LeeDong-gook set a South Korean record for league appearances by an outfielder when he turned out for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in his 502nd game.
The 39-year-old, who enjoyed stints with Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga and Middlesbrough in the English Premier League, failed to score against Jeju United on Sunday and the match finished in a goalless draw.
But it marked a milestone for Lee, who made his professional debut with Pohang Steelers in 1998 and has scored a record 215 goals in the K-League and is the joint all-time AFC Champions League top scorer with 36. He has also earned 105 caps with the Taeguk Warriors.
“I finally did it, “Lee told local media. “I’ve played but I still want to keep playing based on merit. I will quit when I feel I am no longer competitive.”
But he has a long way to go to match the all-time record for K-League appearances – 706 by goalkeeper Kim Byung-Ji.
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