Lee Chung-yong of Bolton Wanderers in the English Championship has been voted the Korean footballer of the year by local fans here. He received 49.3 percent of 2,776 votes online in a survey conducted by the Korea Football Association from Dec. 11-25.
The midfielder drew special praise for successfully returning from a leg injury to help Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Son Heung-min of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's Bundesliga came second in the voting, with K-League Classic's MVP Kim Shin-wook third.
Fans also voted the recent Korea-Switzerland friendly as their favorite match of the year for the national team.