Manchester United's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday marked Park Ji-sung's 200th appearance for the club, some six and a half years after he moved to England.
Park came off the bench in the 86th minute after United had rallied from 3-0 down to draw level with the hosts. This came exactly 2,372 days after he made his debut for manager Alex Ferguson's team against Hungary's Debreceni VSC in the UEFA Champions League on Aug. 10, 2005.
A total of 92 players, including Park, have played 200 games or more for United, a team with a history that dates back 134 years. But Park is the only Asian to have done so. Among active players, nine have played in as many games, including Ryan Giggs (898 matches), Paul Scholes (470), Wayne Rooney (349) and Nemanja Vidić (243 games).
Manchester United's official website congratulated Park by writing, "In terms of appearances, Ji is comfortably the most successful Asian of the Premier League era and he is the 92nd player in United's history to notch a double century."
Park also expressed his joy. "It's unbelievable. I never thought I could play for United 200 times. I'm really happy at the club, with my teammates, the staff and the fans. I love playing for United and have lots of good memories from my time here," he said.
Park has won 13 trophies with the team, including four English Premier League titles. He has also scored 27 goals and posted 26 assists so far.
He joined the club in 2005 with a four-year deal worth an estimated 2 million British pounds (W3.5 billion) a year. The club then offered him a four-year extension in 2009 that takes him up to June 2012.
In August last year, Park renewed his contract for one more year until June of 2013. Only five of United's current players -- Darren Fletcher, Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Rooney and Scholes -- have had a longer career with the fiercely competitive club.