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Park Ji-Sung announces retirement from football

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The South Korean midfielder made 205 appearances for United over 7 years (©GettyImages)
The South Korean midfielder made 205 appearances for United over 7 years (©GettyImages).

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has retired from playing, aged 33.

The South Korean made 205 appearances for United, scoring 27 goals, having been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005 from PSV Eidnhoven for £3 million.

Ji-Sung helped the Reds to win four Premier League titles in his time at the club, also winning the Champions League and Club World Cup.

"I'm leaving with no regrets. I enjoyed playing football," Park told BBC Sport.

"I have achieved more than I thought I would. I'm truly grateful for all the support I have received and I will live the rest of my life thinking how I can pay it back."

He finished this season loan at back at PSV on loan from Championship side Queens Park Rangers, having made over 100 appearances for South Korea and scoring at three World Cups.

His high pace and energy meant that he was frequently seen counter-attacking for United, the side whom he became the first Asian to captain.

Park was also the first Asian to play in the Champions League, and won the competition in 2008, however, he narrowly missed out on a second winners' medal to Barcelona in the final in 2009.

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