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Ever wonder who the best soccer players from South Korea are? You're in luck. This list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from South Korea, along with photos when available. This list of best South Korean soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous South Korean soccer player you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for, such as Seol Ki-Hyeon or Kim Dae-Eui.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South Korean footballers?" and "Who is the greatest South Korean soccer player of all time?" You can help determine just who are the greatest by voting up your favorites below, and voting down any you feel should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of South Korea in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular South Korean soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Park Ji-Sung is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder Park Ji-sung is a South Korean former footballer who currently serves as a club ambassador at Manchester United. Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, he was the captain of the South Korean national ...more

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Son Heung-min is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
FreshToast added Forward Son Heung-Min is a South Korean footballer who plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, and the South Korea national team. As "a pacey, two-footed second striker, Son can play a number ...more

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Cha Bum-Kun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Cha Bum-kun is a South Korean football manager and former player, nicknamed Tscha Bum in Germany because of his name and his thunderous ball striking ability. The nickname was first used by the ...more

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Lee Young-Pyo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Lee Young-pyo is a retired South Korean footballer. Lee was recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former manager Martin Jol once called him "the best left-back in ...more

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Ahn Jung-Hwan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Ahn Jung-Hwan Forward, Midfielder Ahn Jung-hwan is a South Korean former football player. He made world headlines by scoring the winning golden goal for South Korea against Italy in the 2002 FIFA World Cup second round, and ...more

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Hong Myung-bo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Hong Myung-bo is a South Korean former footballer and former manager of the South Korean national team. Hong, along with Cha Bum-kun, is often considered one of the greatest Asian footballers of ...more

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Ki Sung-yueng is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
TACOPOTATO added Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is a South Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City, and the captain of South Korea national team. Ki is ...more

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Cha Du-ri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Forward Cha Du-Ri is a German-born South Korean professional footballer who currently plays for K League Classic club FC Seoul. He can operate as a right back, right winger, or striker. He is the first ...more

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Koo Ja-Cheol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder Koo Ja-cheol is a South Korean footballer who plays as midfielder for Bundesliga club Mainz 05 and the former captain of South Korean football team. Blessed with technique and vision, Koo ...more

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Lee Woon-Jae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae is a retired South Korean football goalkeeper, who recently played for Chunnam Dragons in the South Korean K-League. He was part of Korea's 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup ...more

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Seol Ki-Hyeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Seol Ki-Hyeon Forward, Midfielder Seol Ki-Hyeon or Seol Ki-Hyun is a former South Korean professional footballer who currently is the interim manager of Sungkyunkwan University. He is also the first South Korean footballer to ...more

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Park Chu-young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward Park Chu-young is South Korean footballer who is currently plays for FC Seoul

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Lee Chun-soo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Lee Chun-Soo is a football player from South Korea, who plays for Incheon United. He played as a forward for the national team during the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the 2006 ...more

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Lee Keun-Ho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Lee Keun-ho is a South Korean football player who currently plays for El Jaish SC and South Korea national team. His pace, work-rate, and link-up plays mark him as a highly rated forward in

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Kim Nam-Il is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Nam-Il Midfielder Kim Nam-Il is a South Korean footballer. Kim is a defensive midfielder who currently plays for Kyoto Sanga F.C.. He was virtually unknown before he became a superstar for his impressive ...more

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Chong Yong-De is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder Chong Yong-De, is a former Japanese-born South Korean midfielder.

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Yoo Sang-Chul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Midfielder Yoo Sang-chul is a South Korean football manager and former football player. He is current manager of Korean University football club. Ulsan University

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Song Chong-Gug is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Midfielder Song Chong-Gug is a retired Korean football player who last played for Tianjin Teda F.C. in the Chinese Super League.

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Leo Shin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Leo Shin is a New Zealand professional association football player who has played for Thespa Kusatsu in Japan's professional J. League.

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Kwak Hee-Ju is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kwak Hee-Ju Defender Kwak Hee-Ju is a South Korean footballer who plays as a defender. He is currently playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings. At first, he did not enjoy much success with the team, but since early of ...more

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Kim Jung-Woo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Kim Jung-woo, is a South Korean football player.

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Kim Chi-Woo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Chi-Woo Defender, Midfielder Kim Chi-Woo is a South Korean football player who currently plays for FC Seoul in K-League.

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Kim Dong-Jin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Kim Dong-Jin is a South Korean footballer who currently plays for Thai Premier League side Muangthong United as left back. He can also play as a centre back.

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Kim Shin-Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Shin-Young Forward Kim Shin-young, is a South Korean football striker, who trials in Persib Bandung. He debuted at Cerezo Osaka and also played for Sagan Tosu, Ventforet Kofu and Ehime F.C. mostly in the J. League ...more

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Park Kang-Jo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder Park Kang-Jo is a former Japanese-born South Korean footballer He played as midfielder and spent 10 years of his professional career with Japanese J. League Division 1 club Vissel Kobe until ...more

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Oh Beom-Seok is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Oh Beom-Seok Defender, Midfielder Oh Beom-Seok is a South Korean football right back, who plays for Suwon Samsung of K League Classic . He played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in UAE and played in all matches of ...more

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Choi Won-kwon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Midfielder Choi Won-Kwon is a South Korean football player who plays for Daegu FC in K League Challenge. He was part of the South Korea football team in 2004 Summer Olympics, who finished second in Group ...more

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Kim Seung-Yong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Kim Seung-Yong is a South Korean footballer, who plays as central midfielder for Qingdao Hainiu in the China League One.

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Lee Savik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Jasenko Sabitović is a Croatian football player who played for NK Zagreb, Pohang Steelers, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Chunnam Dragons, NK Karlovac. He became naturalized as ...more

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Seo Hyuk-Su is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Seo Hyuk-Su Defender, Midfielder Seo Hyuk-Su is a Korean-Australian former footballer.

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Choi Sung-Yong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Midfielder Choi Sung-Yong is a South Korean former football wingback and midfielder. He played in all of South Korea’s matches at the 1998 World Cup and was also a member of the 2002 World Cup squad. He ...more

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Kim Jae-Sung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Jae-Sung Midfielder Kim Jae-sung is a South Korean footballer who plays for Seoul E-Land FC in the K League Challenge. Kim previously played for Bucheon SK and Jeju United. Kim graduated from the same Football ...more

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Kim Dae-Eui is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Dae-Eui Forward, Midfielder Kim Dae-Eui is a South Korean football player who plays for Home United FC as a winger and attacker. He started his career as a professional footballer at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. In Seongnam, he ...more

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Kim Dong-Soo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward

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Song Jin-Hyung is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Song Jin-Hyung Midfielder Song Jin-Hyung is a South Korean football player who plays for Jeju United in South Korean K-League.

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Ha Tae-Goon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Ha Tae-Goon Forward Ha Tae-gyun is a Korean Football player who currently plays for the K League Classic football club, Suwon Samsung Bluewings. He was chosen as the number one draft pick for Suwon in 2007. Ha has ...more

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Kim Joo-Sung is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender, Forward, Midfielder Kim Joo-Sung is a former South Korean football midfielder. He played for the clubs Chosun University and Pusan Daewoo Royals, both in South Korea, and later in the German Bundesliga for VfL ...more

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Choi Sung-Kuk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward, Midfielder Choi Sung-Kuk is a South Korean football Forward. He was part of the South Korea 2004 Olympic football team, who finished second in Group A, making it through to the next round, before being ...more

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Chung Jong-Soo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Chung Jong-Soo Chung Jong-Soo is a South Korean former international footballer who played professionally as a defender for Yukong Elephants and Hyundai Horang-i. He represented South Korea at the 1986 FIFA ...more

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An Sun-Jin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
An Sun-Jin An Sun-Jin is a former South Korean football player.

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Hee Young Woo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Hee Young Woo Forward, Midfielder Hee Young Woo, also known as Mr. Woo, is a former football player from South Korea. Born in Seoul, South Korea, at a very early age Woo realized he had football talent. Inspired by Diego ...more

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Lee Seung-Yeoul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Lee Seung-Yeoul Forward Lee Seung-yeoul is a South Korean football winger, who plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in K League Classic. He started playing football in Shin-gal High School. He is often known as one of the ...more

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Ma Chul-Jun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Ma Chul-Jun Defender, Midfielder Ma Chul-Jun is a South Korean footballer who plays as defender for Gwangju FC in the K League Challenge.

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Kim Jong-Chun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Jong-Chun Defender Kim Jong-Chun is a South Korean football player, who currently plays for amateur side Yongin Citizen F.C. in South Korea. Kim previously played for Pohang Steelers, Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo and ...more

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Choi Hyo-jin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Choi Hyo-jin Defender, Midfielder Choi Hyo-Jin is South Korean Football right wingback, who plays for Jeonnam Dragons in South Korean K League Classic.

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Lee Kyung-Soo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Lee Kyung-Soo is a former South Korean football defender, who predominantly played in the South Korean K-League.

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Lee Kwan-Woo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Lee Kwan-Woo Playmaker, Midfielder Lee Kwan-Woo is a Korean football player who plays as a midfielder and playmaker. Nicknamed "Sirius" and dubbed "Kwanquelme" by his fans, Lee began his professional football ...more

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Kim Kang-Hyun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Kang-Hyun Kim Kang Hyun is a South Korean footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Persiwa Wamena.

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Lee Lim-Saeng is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender Lee Lim-saeng is a former South Korean international footballer who played as a defender. He currently manages K League Classic club Incheon United. He played mostly for Bucheon SK. He played ...more