Lee Seung-won (Gangwon), captain of South Korea’s U-20 national soccer team, who scored seven offensive points (three goals and four assists) in the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals, won the Bronze Ball, the third-largest player in the tournament.
Lee Seung-won was called the Adidas Bronze Ball winner at the awards ceremony shortly after the third and fourth-place matches and finals 토토사이트 of the tournament held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the 12th. Bronze Ball is an award given to the third best player in the tournament after the Golden Ball, which is the MVP of the tournament, and the Silver Ball, which is the second place.
Lee Seung-won is the third player in the history of Korean football to win an individual award at an international competition hosted by FIFA among men’s national teams at various levels. It is the first time that Hong Myung-bo (currently Ulsan Hyundai captain), who led South Korea’s semi-final myth during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, received a bronze ball. Lee Kang-in (Mayorca), who led South Korea’s runner-up myth during the 2019 Poland U-20 World Cup, received the Golden Ball.
If the scope is expanded to women’s soccer, there is a case in which Yeo Min-ji (Gyeongju KHNP), the main player of the 2010 U-17 World Cup, won the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe (scoring king). At the same year’s U-20 World Cup, Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) held the Silver Ball and Silver Shoe (second in scoring) trophies.
Lee Seung-won played the captain of Kim Eun-joong’s team, scoring a total of three goals and four assists, the most offensive points among South Korean players. The seven offensive points surpassed the six (2 goals and 4 assists) recorded when Lee Kang-in led South Korea to second place four years ago, setting a new record for the most points by South Korean male players in the FIFA tournament.
Lee Seung-won entered the professional stage by changing into Gangwon FC’s uniform at the end of last year, but he is an unknown player who has yet to make his debut. This season, he played only three games in the K4 League as a member of the Gangwon B team (second division). However, through this competition, he quickly became the most promising player among players of the age group.
In particular, he scored four assists as a dedicated kicker in the corner kick chance and added two goals as a penalty kick, raising the stock price as a specialist in a dead ball situation. It is also a remarkable achievement that he scored offensive points in all matches except for one match against Gambia (0-0) in the group stage, from his first match against France (2-1 win) to his third and fourth-place match against Israel.
After the awards ceremony, Lee Seung-won said, “It is an honor to receive such a big award on the stage of the World Cup,” adding, “I think it is an achievement not only by myself, but with all my colleagues.” “As I received the award on behalf of the players, I want to congratulate my teammates,” he said.
Before playing the 3rd and 4th place matches today, he made a resolution, saying, “If you have accumulated anything, personally or as a team, let’s solve everything on the ground.” “I played without regret, and my teammates will be the same,” he said. “After the game, I talked with my teammates, ‘Let’s raise our heads and proudly return to Korea.'”
“It was an opportunity to feel with my body that there are so many good players on the world stage,” Lee Seung-won said. “I will grow into a player who contributes to Korean football at the Asian Games, Olympics, and adult stage by refining the supplements I felt this time.”
The Golden Ball of the tournament was received by offensive resource Cesare Casadei, who led Italy to second place by becoming the top scorer (7 goals). The silver ball went to Alan Maturo, the winner of Uruguay.