November 12, 2018 11:14
Lee Dong-gook of Jeonbuk Hyundai has set a new K-League record for all-time match appearances by a field player.
The veteran striker made his 502nd appearance in a match against Jeju United on Saturday. He broke the record held by former midfielder Kim Gi-dong (501).
Only goalies Kim Byung-ji and Choi Eun-sung have made more appearances in the K-League with 706 and 532.
"I still don't find it hard staying active in the field. I'd say my early 20s were harder," he said. "I'll quit when I feel I'm no longer competitive."
Lee, who made his professional debut with Pohang Steelers in 1998, is currently the league's all-time leading scorer with 215 goals. He also has a record of scoring more than 10 goals every season for the past 10 years.
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