“Mr. 500” Ki Sung-yueng still enjoys soccer

Ki Seong-yong (34, FC Seoul), who led the heyday of Korean soccer in the 2010s, stepped on the high ground of playing in 500 professional games. Having entered the ranks of veterans, he laughed, saying, “I don’t have anything I want to achieve,” but “I enjoy playing soccer with my teammates now.”

Ki Sung-yong, who took his first steps on the professional stage wearing a Seoul uniform in March 2007, passed a milestone after 16 years. He started and played full-time in the K-League 1 2023 round 22 match against Suwon FC held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 12th, leading the team to a 7-2 victory. 

Ki Sung-yueng achieved the feat of playing in 500 individual professional games with this day’s appearance. He played his 193rd match in an FC Seoul uniform. On the European stage, Celtic (Scotland, 87 matches), Swansea City (162 matches), Sunderland (34 matches), Newcastle United (23 matches, more than England), Mallorca (Spain, 1 match), and digested 307 matches. 토토사이트

At the age of 18, Ki Sung-yueng, who started the K-League opening match, has risen to the ranks of veterans. He said at a press conference after the game, “Among his 500 games, I remember the match against Daegu FC in 2007, which was his professional debut. He looked back and said, “I can’t forget the excitement of stepping on the pitch for the first time.” Then he laughed, saying, “The scene is blurry, but I think I just ran without thinking.”

Although he has been playing for a long time, Ki’s eyes are still focused on the team. “His team performance over the past few years has been unsatisfactory,” he said. My goal this year is to go to the top split. Next, he wants to challenge the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).” 

Then, what is the biggest motivation for Ki Sung-yong as an individual today? He replied, “I don’t have anything in particular that I want to win or achieve.” However, “In the past, when the team was having a hard time, (I) led the team myself and served as a pillar. But now that I’m older, there are parts where it’s difficult to do something alone.”

Ki Sung-yong continued, “I need the help of my colleagues. Now, I enjoy being with my colleagues,” he said. He said he had no personal goals, but football and his teammates were his biggest motivators. 

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