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Record scorer Lee retires

Veteran South Korean striker Lee Dong-gook, the record goalscorer in both the K-League and the AFC Champions League, blew the whistle on his 23-year career yesterday, announcing he will retire after the season finale this weekend. Lee — who enjoyed stints with Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga and Middlesbrough in the English Premier League — will play his last K-League game for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors against Daegu on Sunday. “I made the decision to retire as I believe it is not the end, but a start to something new,” the 41-year-old said in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “For the past 23 years, I have been loved and supported by so many people both on and off the field. I can take off my soccer boots with more gratitude than regrets.” Lee made his professional debut with Pohang Steelers in 1998 as a 19-year-old striker. He has accumulated a record 228 K-League goals in a career which includes seven domestic championships and one ACL title. Lee is also the top scorer in the ACL with 37 goals in 75 appearances.


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