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“Master In The House”: Lee Dong Gook talks about retiring from football

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On the November 22nd episode of SBS “Master in the house,” Soccer player Lee Dong Gook appeared as the “master”.

Lee Dong Gook recently announced that he is officially retiring from the sport. In “Master in the House” he explained why he cried for retirement during his press conference. He said: “Since I started playing soccer, my father has been ‘the father of a soccer player’. He said to me,” As soon as you retire, I’ll retire because I’m the father of a soccer player. ” Swore I wouldn’t cry at the press conference, but I wasn’t planning on talking about my parents so I started tearing up when I mentioned this. ”

"Master In The House": Lee Dong Gook talks about retiring from football

Lee Dong Gook has had a long and successful career. Before retiring, he was the oldest Korean player to still play professional football. When asked why he played the game for so long, he said: “There were many reasons, but I wanted my juniors to see that a long professional career in football is possible. There are many players who are still talented but are retiring for other reasons. I wanted to set an example for players who want to play for a long time. It took me a lot of time and effort to stay competitive. ”

He said, “When I had problems, my wife would always tell me, ‘If you consider yourself a hero in a drama, you’re definitely going to have a happy ending.’ While I gave my all during training, I thought, ‘I’m going to have a happy ending.’ ”

Lee Dong Gook rejected his public nickname as an “icon of bad luck”. “I don’t agree with that,” he said. “I’ve played over 100 games in the national team. I wonder how many soccer players can say they were as happy as me. I got a lot of criticism for not scoring at the World Cup, but at least I was glad I did. If my teammates had received this kind of criticism, they would probably have had a harder time. I already had a lot of experience, so I got the review because they had high expectations of me. I am grateful that people trusted me so much. I did my best to run to the end so I don’t regret it. ”

Lee Dong Gook showed the performers the numerous trophies he had at home as well as his five children who became famous through “The Return of Superman”. His second oldest daughter, Jae Ah, is a tennis player and he said, “She looks at my trophies and says she wants to win more than me. I am really proud of her. ”

"Master In The House": Lee Dong Gook talks about retiring from football

The five children suffocated Lee Dong Gook by saying that they were happy to spend more time with him now that he was retired, but that they had cried at his press conference because, “We were sad. He was really cool playing soccer. ”

"Master In The House": Lee Dong Gook talks about retiring from football

The cast of “Master in the House” suggested that Lee Dong Gook could become his daughter’s manager. Lee Dong Gook said, “This is the dream.” But Jae Ah commented, “My hands get sweaty. Travel the world with my father? It’s a little scary. He’s been an athlete for a long time so I think he will understand me, but as a professional I think his standards will be very high so that’s a lot of pressure. ”

Jae Si, his eldest daughter (and Jae Ah’s twin) said, “As soon as COVID-19 gets better, I’d love to go overseas with Dad.” About her dream of becoming a model, she said: “I wore my father’s clothes.” Her father joked, “She can take off the clothes that even I can’t wear.”

"Master In The House": Lee Dong Gook talks about retiring from football

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