Former Korean international skipper Park Ji-Sung has found himself in Manchester United’s list of their top players for their respective countries in what is a very rare honor for an Asian player at a club like United.
Park, who currently plays for Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, finds himself in a list of 25 players compiled by his former club United as performers with the best track records for their national teams. Park was ranked 17th on that list as published on the website of Manchester United with the title ‘United’s Greatest National Service’.
The former Korean international player became the first ever Asian player to represent the English giants when he signed for the club from PSV back in 2003 and he spent almost a decade at the club and was one of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s go-to players. Park Ji-Sung won four Premier League titles, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup during his time at Old Trafford.
He was sold to Queens Park Rangers last summer with reports emerging at the time crediting the player’s father for engineering the move as he thought Park would not be getting enough playing time at United any more. But his stint at Loftus Road didn’t turn out to be very positive for him as the side suffered relegation and he was released from his contract, only for former club PSV to come back and make an offer to take him back, an offer he couldn’t reject.
The list describes Park Ji-Sung as a player with limitless ability and energy who played his heart for both club and country, becoming the first player from Asia to score in three consecutive World Cups when he scored the opener against Greece in South Africa in 2010.