Lee Seung-won (Gangwon), the captain of the Korean U-20 soccer team, who made a big success by recording 7 attack points (3 goals and 4 assists) in the FIFA Under-20 (U-20) World Cup finals, was named the tournament’s best player 3 Awarded the Bronze Ball for the above.스포츠토토
Lee Seung-won was named the winner of the Adidas Bronze Ball at the awards ceremony right after the 3rd and 4th place matches and finals of this tournament held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the 12th, and was on the podium. The Bronze Ball is an award given to the player with the third best performance in the tournament, following the Golden Ball for MVP of the tournament and the Silver Ball for second place.
Throughout the history of Korean football, Lee Seung-won is the third player to win an individual award in an international competition sponsored by FIFA among men’s national teams at each level. It was the first time that Hong Myung-bo (current Ulsan Hyundai captain), who led Korea’s semifinal legend at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, received the Bronze Ball. Then, Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), who led the runner-up myth of Korea at the U-20 World Cup in Poland in 2019, received the Golden Ball.
Lee Seung-won receiving the Bronze Ball trophy from FIFA President Gianni Infantino (left) at the ceremony. news 1
If you expand the scope to women’s soccer, there is a case where Yeo Min-ji (Gyeongju Hansuwon), who won the U-17 World Cup in 2010, won the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe (top scorer). In the U-20 World Cup in the same year, Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) won the Silver Ball and Silver Shoe (2nd place) trophies.
Lee Seung-won played the role of captain Kim Eun-joong and recorded a total of 3 goals and 4 assists, recording the most attack points among Korean players. The 7 attack points surpassed the 6 (2 goals, 4 assists) recorded by Lee Kang-in four years ago when he led Korea to runner-up, and is a new record for the most points by a Korean male player in FIFA-sponsored competitions.
Lee Seung-won entered the professional stage by changing into a Gangwon FC uniform at the end of last year, but he is an unknown player who has not yet made his debut. He only played three games in the K4 League as a member of the Gangwon B team (2nd division) this season. However, through this tournament, he suddenly rose to the ranks of the most promising players of his age group.
In particular, he increased his stock price as a specialist in dead ball situations, recording 4 assists as a dedicated kicker in corner kick chances and adding 2 goals with penalty kicks. Starting with 1 goal and 1 assist in the first match of the group stage against France (2-1 win) to the 3rd and 4th place match against Israel, he scored an attacking point in all but one match against Gambia (0-0) in the group stage. It is also a noteworthy achievement.
Lee Seung-won (center) shares his joy with his teammates after scoring an equalizer from a penalty kick in the 3rd-4th place match against Israel. news 1
After the award ceremony, Lee Seung-won said, “It is an honor to receive such a great award on the stage of the World Cup.” As much as I received the award on behalf of the players, I want to congratulate my teammates as well.”
He continued, “Before today’s match for 3rd and 4th place, I made a promise to myself, ‘If there is anything accumulated, personally or as a team, let’s release it all on the ground and come out’. I played without regret, and my teammates will do the same,” he added.
Lee Seung-won, who commented, “It was an opportunity to feel with my body that there are many really good players on the world stage,” said, “I am a player who will help Korean soccer in the Asian Games, Olympics, and the adult stage by refining the parts I feel I need to supplement and the strengths I will use. I will grow as a person,” he said.
The Golden Ball was awarded to Cesare Casadei, an attacking resource who led Italy to the runner-up by becoming the top scorer (7 goals). The Silver Ball went to Alan Maturo, who won Uruguay.