The one word that stopped Park Joo-ho in his tracks: ‘One last retirement with the fans’

Suwon FC’s Park Joo-ho completed his retirement ceremony at the Hana OneQ K League 1 match between Suwon FC and Ulsan Hyundai on the afternoon of June 6 at Suwon Sports Complex in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do.

After playing in Japan and Europe, Park played for Ulsan in the K League since the 2018 season and Suwon FC since the 2021 season. His career record in the K League is 127 games and 3 assists.

After a pre-match retirement ceremony that included a plaque of appreciation and a bouquet of flowers, Park played the full 90 minutes to help his team win. He was substituted for Choi Bo-Kyung in second-half stoppage time to complete his final game as a player.

After the game, Park thanked the Ulsan fans and Suwon FC fans for their support. “I think I did my best to finish my professional career. When I was 스포츠토토 a player, I gave myself 60-70 points, but today, I want to give myself 100 points because I finished without regrets.”

Before leaving the field, Park high-fived the long line of fans one by one to create one last memory. As he was high-fiving, a young fan said something that made his day. “Give me your soccer cleats and go,” the youngster said to Park.

Perhaps the kid thought he was retiring and didn’t need his soccer cleats anymore. Park stopped, smiled broadly, patted the kid on the head, and walked off the field.

Speaking to the press, Park said, “I would like to thank the many fans who have supported me so far. I could not have been happier as a soccer player without their love and support. My life as a soccer player will end here, but I will continue to repay the love of my fans,” he said.

“For the month of June, I will spend time with my family, organize my schedule, and think about what I can do,” Park said.

[Park Joo Ho, who was saying goodbye to his fans with a high five, smiles broadly at the little kid’s words.

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