Asia is fast becoming a conveyor belt for football players that are full of heart and have great technical ability. One only has to look at the current Japan side with the likes of Honda and Inamoto or South Korean Park Ji Sung to see that football authorities in Asia are doing something right.
One of the most prized talents currently in production is Lee Seung-woo who until recently was setting Barcelona’s La Masia alight before being ruled ineligible by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, who enforced a set of strict rules regarding the signing of young players by clubs.
“The rules for the signing of minors are very clear … The popularity of football also brings some dangers. The financial success of our sport makes it, unfortunately, of interest to international mafias, who get rich due to illicit activities like match-fixing or tricking underprivileged kids with false promises of a professional career in Europe,” he said.
Before his enforced departure from Spain, Seung-woo had been christened as “The Korean Messi” and was scoring goals for fun. 38 goals and 18 assists in just 29 games for the U15s certainly show that he has talent. At a similar age Messi notched up 37 goals in 30 appearances on his way to becoming a Barcelona legend.
“I watch Messi very closely,” Lee said. “I want to be a perfect player just like him. My goal is to try my absolute best to become the first Korean to play for Barcelona’s senior team.”
Young Lee possesses skill speed and an eye for goal that you don’t see come along very often. His touch in around the box is light and always positive. He is direct strong and all about scoring goals. Lee recently stated that he wants to be the youngest player in history to represent South Korea at both the Olympics and World Cup and judging by this video you have to think his dreams will all come true.