Park Ji-sung Still Most Marketable Korean Football Player

      March 22, 2012 09:06

      Among Korean footballers who are currently playing in Europe, Manchester United's Park Ji-sung, who has enjoyed several years at the top of England's Premier League with the club, still has the highest market value of 9.5 million euros (W14.2 billion), according to data released on Wednesday by Transfermarkt, a German football portal that focuses on news in the European transfer market.

      Park's market value, calculated at 11.5 million euros in June 2010 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has declined in the last two years as the 31-year-old approaches retirement age.

      From left, Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong, and Park Chu-young

      Lee Chung-yong (23, Bolton Wanderers) placed second with 7.5 million euros and Park Chu-young (27, Arsenal) was third with 6 million euros. Ji Dong-won (21, AFC Sunderland) had the least market value of 1.5 million euros among Korean football players in England’s top flight.

      Son Heung-min (20), who plays for Hamburg in Germany's Bundesliga, was calculated to be worth 4.5 million euros. He was followed by Koo Ja-cheol (23), who joined Augsburg from VfL Wolfsburg on loan, with 2.5 million euros, and Jung Jo-gook (28), who plays for AS Nancy in the French league, with 1 million euros.

      Meanwhile, Lionel Messi (25, Barcelona) has the highest market value in the world of 100 million euros, and Cristiano Ronaldo (27, Real Madrid) ranked second with 90 million euros.

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