Soccer, or football as it’s known in most parts of the world, captured the hearts of K-Pop enthusiasts globally when BTS’s Jungkook created history. He became the first Korean artist to grace the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, introducing his hit song “Dreamers.” But the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup has kept South Korean national team fans glued to their screens for another reason. A few handsome korean soccer players on the squad have garnered attention, not just for their football skills, but also for their strikingly handsome looks, reminiscent of K-Pop idols. Let’s take a closer look at them below.
1. Cho Gue Sung (also known as Cho Gue Seung)
South Korean forward Cho Gue Sung, known as “Player 9” on social media, has been capturing hearts left and right, even among those who aren’t die-hard soccer fans. Standing at an impressive 6 feet 2 inches (187.96 cm) with a muscular physique and striking good looks, it’s impossible not to be smitten.
If you take a quick scroll through your TikTok “For You Page” (FYP), you’ll find a continuous stream of video edits featuring this incredibly handsome man. The 24-year-old has seen his fanbase grow significantly since the start of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. While he may not be very active on social media himself, his Instagram followers skyrocketed from 3,000 to over 300,000 in less than 24 hours. As of my last update, he boasts an impressive 1.2 million followers.
Cho Gue-sung wasted no time making a name for himself in Denmark this summer. He kicked off the 2023-24 Danish Superliga season with a bang, scoring in two consecutive games for his new team, FC Midtjylland.
In just under a month after signing with FC Midtjylland, Cho has proven to be a key player, helping his team secure a prominent spot at the top of the Superliga season standings. With two games under their belt, Midtjylland currently holds the second position, trailing Nordsjaelland solely on goal difference.
Cho’s debut goal for Midtjylland occurred in his very first match, a remarkable 56th-minute diving header against Viborg, which brought him into the spotlight and secured a 1-0 win for his team.
A week later, he continued to impress, unleashing a low strike from the edge of the box during injury time in the first half of a game against Sikleborg. Cho’s goal was the second and final score of the match, earning Midtjylland another three points.
Cho’s rapid ascent in Denmark is undoubtedly a welcome development for his supporters and camp, especially considering the initial doubts surrounding his move.
The 25-year-old first gained prominence at the previous year’s World Cup when he netted two goals against Ghana during a group stage match, becoming the first Korean player ever to achieve a brace in a World Cup game.
In January, he received offers from various clubs, including Scottish Premier League’s Celtic, Bundesliga’s Mainz 05, and Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United. However, Cho chose to stay in Korea for the beginning of the 2023 K League season, striking an agreement with his former club, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, with plans to seek a move in the summer transfer window.
2. Jeong Seung Won
‘Player 9’ isn’t the only soccer star making waves on our TikTok FYPs these days. Right after 9, we’ve got Jeong Seung Won, the Daegu FC player, rocking the #10 jersey. His versatility shines as he takes on the roles of striker, midfielder, and wingback on the field.
Now, let’s talk about Jeong’s physical presence. Standing at 5′ 8″ (170 cm), he may be shorter than his teammate, but height isn’t everything. What he lacks in height, he more than makes up for with a chiseled physique that could rival any K-Pop idol’s good looks! Some fans have even drawn comparisons to SF9’s Rowoon.
And oh, those tattoos! Jeong Seung Won has adorned himself with some ink that adds to his charisma. It’s safe to say he’s got the complete package!
If you haven’t hit that ‘Follow’ button on his Instagram yet, what are you waiting for? His feed isn’t just about sports; you’ll find some seriously swoon-worthy boyfriend material there too!
3. Son Heung Min
Soccer fans worldwide adore Son Heung Min, the talented player who proudly wears the #7 jersey for Tottenham Hotspur. He’s not just a sports icon; he’s a source of immense national pride for Korea.
Believe it or not, even those who don’t usually show much emotion can’t help but swoon over him. Son Heung Min recently sparked a trend unintentionally when he sported a black mask for protection following an injury.
And let’s talk about his charm – he’s not just sweet and cute; he’s got that irresistible, sexy appeal that leaves us all in awe. This year, he left netizens speechless with a jaw-dropping Calvin Klein underwear photoshoot.
Interestingly, he’s a K-Pop enthusiast himself, and you can’t help but wonder what if he had pursued the idol path instead of soccer. It’s safe to say he’s the idol of idols, capturing hearts both on and off the field.
4. Cho Yu Min
Meet Cho Yu Min, a South Korean soccer player who excels as a center-back or defensive midfielder, representing both Daejeon Hana Citizen and the national team. But here’s the twist: he’s not only the talk of the soccer town but has also captured the hearts of K-Pop enthusiasts.
Sporting the #20 jersey for Daejeon Hana Citizen and #24 for the Korean national team, this 26-year-old athlete stands tall at 6′ 0″ (1.82 m). However, it’s not just his height that draws attention; it’s that striking jawline that has everyone swooning!
Now, here’s a fun fact: Cho Yu Min is off the market, folks! He recently tied the knot with Park So Yeon, who you might know as T-ara’s Soyeon. She’s incredibly supportive of his career. So, while he may not be a K-Pop idol himself, he’s certainly married to one!
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