Park voted top foreign player in the J Legaue

A Japanese football magazine Soccer Digest recently listed its best foreign players to play in the J League for the past 26 years in line with the Heisei era (from January 8, 1989, to April 30, 2019). Park Ji-sung was listed as one of the best and played for Kyoto Purple Sanga in the league between 2000-2003 before moving on to European football first with PSV Eindhoven. 

A look back at his time in Japan 

In Park's time in Japan, he played 85 times scoring 12 goals. In this period he played two seasons in the J League 1 with Kyoto. Sandwiched in the middle in 2001 was a season in the J League 2 with the club also.

Park Ji-sung made his professional debut in Japan having played his youth football in Korea with  Myongji University. Then he signed for a professional side in June 2000, Park signed with the Kyoto-based then J League 1 team Kyoto Purple Sanga.

Then in 2001, he helped his club to promotion back to the J League 1. He then helped his side to their first ever  Emperor's Cup triumph in 2002.

The impressive performance in Japan is what brought the Korean to European football and this was seen as he signed for PSV Eindhoven. The player then went on to play for Manchester United where he won four league titles and a Champions League along with a host of domestic English trophies.

Choi Yong-soo and Kim Min-woo also on the list 

The current FC Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo was also seen on this list. The now manager played for three clubs in Japan JEF United Ichihara, Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan) and J├║bilo Iwata. In all between 2001 and 2005, he played 142 games in Japan and scored 86 goals.

In the write up they commented "Choi Yong-soo has always troubled the Japanese national team and has scored a lot in the J League. From 2001 to 2003, he scored more than 15 goals for three consecutive years."

Cho Jae-jin who played 40 times for his country was on the list too. The striker scored 45 goals in 101 games at Shimizu S-Pulse.

The only current player on the list was Kim Min-woo, who is currently on military duty with army club Sangju Sangmu. Before moving back to Korea the 29-year-old played six years in Japan. In his time in the League with  Sagan Tosu, he played 161 games in the J League 1 scoring 20 goals and he played 52 games in the J League 2 scoring 11 goals, in total he played over 200 games in Japan.

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