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‘The youngest’ Lee Kang-in will be wearing the jersey of French soccer giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Lee will now play on the same team as world-class players such as Mbappe and Neymar.
In today’s Newsmaker, we take a look at Lee’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, which has captured the attention of soccer fans around the world.
‘A prodigy at the age of six in South Korea, who won the Golden Ball over Elling Holland,’ is how Paris Saint-Germain introduced Lee when they announced his official signing.
They also emphasized that he is a player who can play anywhere in the midfield and up front.
As a child, Lee was known as a “soccer prodigy” in South Korea after appearing on soccer entertainment programs, and in 2011, at the age of 10, he flew to Spain to join Valencia’s youth team.
In 2017, he started playing professionally!
In 2021, he left Valencia and signed for Mallorca, where he was the team’s ace.
Now, he has joined Paris Saint-Germain and is starting a new chapter in his soccer career in the French top flight.
The transfer fee was also a big deal.
Although it hasn’t been officially disclosed, it’s estimated to be 22 million euros, or about 311 billion won.
There are also local reports that Lee Kang-in will keep 20% of the transfer fee.
Lee’s estimated transfer fee of around €22 million is the second highest ever for a South Korean player, behind the €30 million that Son Heung-min earned when he joined Tottenham in 2015.
The French giants, Paris Saint-Germain, are home to some truly ‘world-class’ players, including Mbappe, Neymar, and Marquinhos.
With the addition of Lee Kang-in, there is some speculation that he will take over the role that Messi played last season.
We’re looking forward to seeing Mbappe and Neymar score goals off of Lee’s assists.
“It’s my job to help the team as much as possible,” said Lee Kang-in on joining the team.
Lee Kang-in is the future of Korean soccer!
Now, he’ll be wearing the number 19 shirt for the French league’s most decorated team, Paris Saint-Germain.
We wish him all the best in his new endeavors!
He’s been a ‘newsmaker’ so far.