Lee Donggook (Photograph Credit score: Twitter)

Lee Dong-gook introduced through social media that he'll retire on the age of 41 after Jeonbuk Motors' sport in opposition to Daegu FC.

Lee Donggook (Photograph Credit score: Twitter)

Veteran striker Lee Dong-gook lastly referred to as time on his record-breaking profession on Monday on the age of 41.

The Jeonbuk Motors ahead introduced through social media that he'll retire after Sundays sport in opposition to Daegu FC.

Lee is the Ok-Leagues all-time main scorer with 228 targets, and has additionally netted greater than anybody else within the Asian Champions League, the continents prime membership competitors, with 37 targets.

"I'll at all times have the reminiscences of followers who chanted my identify and the moments of pleasure and glory that we shared," Lee, who has scored 4 targets in 10 appearances this season, stated. I'm grateful for many who supported me on and off the pitch over the lengthy interval of 23 years. I used to be very glad as a participant.

Ought to league-leading Jeonbuk take some extent on Sunday, it is going to give Lee his eighth home league championship with the membership. He additionally received the 2016 Asian Champions League and was voted Ok-League MVP on 4 events.

The award of Rookie of the Yr in 1998 with Pohang Steelers signaled a major begin to a membership profession that would come with brief stints with Werder Bremen within the Bundesliga and the English Premier Leagues Middlesbrough earlier than a return to Asia in 2008.

Lee appeared 105 occasions for his nation, though regardless of taking part in on the 1998 World Cup, he was surprisingly omitted of the roster for the 2002 event by coach Guus Hiddink. South Korea reached the semifinals that 12 months within the World Cup it co-hosted with Japan.

Forward of the 2006 World Cup, Lee had established himself because the nation's No. 1 striker however he was dominated out due to a critical knee damage. He needed to wait till 2010 to return to the world stage.