‘Soccer Genius’ Lee Kang-in (21, Mallorca) ranked 4th in the youngest assist category at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Lee Kang-in, born on February 19, 2001, announced his genius to soccer fans around the world with a fantastic help in the second game of the group stage against Ghana on the 28th of last month (hereinafter Korean time). Lee Kang-in, who made his World 스포츠토토 Cup debut as a substitute in the 30th minute of the second half against Uruguay on the 24th of last month, also came on as a substitute in the 12th minute of the second half against Ghana, which was trailing 0-2. He was truly a ‘game changer’. He took the ball from the left flank one minute after being substituted, and then he assisted Cho Kyu-sung’s header goal with a sharp left-footed cross.
Lee Kang-in was ranked 4th in the youngest help category in this tournament. The first place was Jude Bellingham (England, June 29, 2003), two years younger than Lee Kang-in. The second place was also 19-year-old Shin Sung. It was Jamal Musiala (February 26, 2003) from Germany. Third place was Goncalo Hamus from Portugal. Hamus is the same as Lee Kang-in, born in 2001, but was born in June, four months later than Lee Kang-in.
The title of ‘youngest’ is not awkward for Lee Kang-in. He set the record for being the youngest ever since 4 years ago when he was 17 years old. In October 2018, he made his first team debut through the round of 32 of the Spanish King’s Cup, setting the record for the youngest foreign player to debut in Valencia’s history.
Also, in January 2019, while stepping on the stage of the Spanish Primera Liga, he became the youngest Korean player (17 years, 327 days old) to participate in the top 5 European leagues (England Premier League, Primera Liga, German Bundesliga, Italy Serie A, France Ligue 1) and broke the record. . In the 2019-2020 season, he played an active role as one of the main players in Valencia’s European Champions League (UCL) round of 16, and also holds the record for the youngest Korean player to participate in the UCL finals.
Even when he was selected for the A national team, the record of ‘youngest’ followed. Coach Paulo Bento included Lee Kang-in when announcing the national team list for the A match in March 2019. At the age of 18 years and 20 days at the time, Lee Kang-in, who embraced the Taegeuk mark, won the honor of being the 7th ‘youngest selection’ ever.