Lee Kang-in Wins Golden Ball at U-20 World Cup

  • By Chang Min-seok

    June 17, 2019 11:12

    Lee Kang-in poses with the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland on Saturday. /Yonhap

    Lee Kang-in won the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, where Korea finished as a runner-up after losing the final to Ukraine on Saturday. The award is given to the most valuable player at the World Cup.

    The Valencia midfielder, the youngest member of the Korean team, scored two goals and had four assists in the tournament, being instrumental in Korea's run to the final.

    He became the first Korean man to receive the honor in a FIFA-sponsored event, and only the third player from a non-winning team to take home the coveted trophy from the 22 U-20 events held so far.

    At the age of 18 years, three months and 27 days, Lee is the second-youngest player ever to win the Golden Ball, after Lionel Messi of Argentina, who was 18 years and eight days old when he won it in 2005.

    "This Golden Ball is not an award given to me as an individual, but to the whole team," Lee said.

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