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From being dubbed “the new Messi” and playing a World Cup to being left without a club at just 23 years old


The kid’s dream: Lee Seung Woo with Leo Messi

He surprised the scouts of The farmhouse and many thought it was the successor of Lionel messi. But after wandering around in some teams, for now his history as a footballer left him to Lee Seung-Woo a cloak of uncertainty, having been released from the modest Belgian club Sint-Truden at the age of 23.

At 12, Lee attracted the attention of Barcelona scout Albert Puig when he finished as the top scorer in the 2010 Danone Nations Cup, a youth soccer tournament, played in South Africa. After that, the Korean team was invited to participate in a friendly tournament, the Catalonia-Korea Cup, organized by a Barcelona club and won by the Asian team; consequently, the young man was incorporated by the Barça.

The South Korean began to show off in the lower of the Catalan team and due to his center of gravity, speed for dribbling and precision to define, he began to be compared by Messi, whom he could meet, fulfilling one of his dreams. He also managed to share moments with other elite figures such as Luis Suarez.

However, later Lee and eight other players from the Barça academy faced a ban from playing matches, because Barcelona violated the provisions regarding the hiring of minors between 2009 and 2013. The sanction was imposed by FIFA and prevented the Asian and other juveniles play until they were of legal age.

From being dubbed “the new Messi” and playing a World Cup to being left without a club at just 23 years old
Lee Seung-Woo had a promising time in the Barcelona youth team

The creation midfielder could at least train with Suwon FC, from his country, in addition to playing international tournaments with the youth of his team. When he turned 18, on January 6, 2016, he returned to Spain and started playing in the Barça B, with which he debuted in March of that year.

Although his level dropped a lot, it became a boom in his country and media pressure led him to be called up by the senior team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where South Korea achieved a historic victory against Germany, which was a incentive given their early elimination in the group stage.

With the shirt of his country it is the one with which he felt the best, since in adding the U-17, U-20, U-23 and the older he played a total of 55 games and scored 24 goals.

From being dubbed “the new Messi” and playing a World Cup to being left without a club at just 23 years old
The Sint-Truden’s farewell post: “The roads separate between STVV and Seung-Woo Lee. Good luck.”

At that point, Barcelona had already dispensed with his services and the aura of being the “Korean Messi” began to end. The Spanish club gave it to Hellas verona of Serie A in Italy, where he passed without pain or glory and ended up descending to Serie B.

In the 2019/2020 season he went to Sint-Truden, where he stayed until the next championship, although he also did not have continuity and was on loan to the Portuguese Portimonense, where he did not shine either and the Belgian club returned.

In this championship he did not play for a minute until this week the club and the player have decided to terminate his contract, despite his 23 years. In two seasons, he left a dull mark of 17 games played and 2 goals scored.

That Asian child who surprised everyone and generated a revolution in his country, to the point of deluding himself with having Messi’s successor, to this present with no prospects. A player who dazzled Barcelona, ​​but at the moment he is a shooting star.

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