Soccer (also known as football) suddenly gained the attention of K-Pop fans worldwide when BTS‘s Jungkook made history as the first Korean artist to perform at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, debuting his song “Dreamers.”
Yet, the South Korean national team has K-Pop fans staying tuned in to the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup, as several players have caught their attention due to their idol-like visuals. Check them out below.
1. Cho Gue Sung (also known as Cho Gue Seung)
South Korean Forward Cho Gue Sung, or “Player 9” on social media, has been stealing the hearts of everyone, especially non-soccer fans.
I watch Uruguay vs South Korea for the football
— Jeeethoven✈️#WhereIsWeeekly (@yeppeossong) November 24, 2022
He is 6′ 2″ (187.96 cm), muscular, and incredibly handsome. So, it’s impossible not to simp.
no wonder jungkook was shy around the soccer players pic.twitter.com/tnHt1ef2jb
— indigo d-4 (@kkyukirby) November 24, 2022
If you scroll through our TikTok FYPs now, it’s one edit after another of this foine man…
player 9 🤭 | delete this later
The hot 24-year-old has garnered quite the fanbase since the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup started. While he is not an active social media user himself, his followers on Instagram went from 3,000 to over 300,000 in less than 24 hours! He now has 1.2 million followers at the time of writing.
We can totally understand why… While his photos might be few, they are certainly impactful!
2. Jeong Seung Won
“Player 9” is not the only soccer player owning our TikTok FYPs these days, though. After 9 comes 10… So, Jeong Seung Won, The Daegu FC player, known as #10, is next on our list. He plays the positions of striker, midfielder, and wingback.
Queria ver o Jeong Seung Won no jogo da Coreia amanhã, mas pra nossa tristeza, ele não foi convocado pic.twitter.com/wEexoPLrP3
— Thais⁷🍜🦋 || fan account (@tha_yoon) November 23, 2022
He is much shorter than his teammate (5′ 8″ or 170 cm), but that doesn’t matter. Jeong Seung Won is also incredibly muscular and has K-Pop idol-like visuals! Some netizens even compare him to SF9‘s Rowoon.
Jeong Seung Won IO NON STO- pic.twitter.com/XaD1BZctGD
— Thv7~Indigo~ Dreamers✨ (@4youthh) November 24, 2022
Can we talk about those tattoos too? He really has it all!
If you’re not following him on Instagram already, what are you doing?
He posts not only athletic shots but total boyfriend pics!
3. Son Heung Min
Tottenham Hotspur‘s Son Heung Min (#7) is well-beloved around the world and is one of Korea’s great national pride.
— DamselInDistress (@DrPrateekshya) November 24, 2022
He even has the straight men simping.
omg men just like us fr pic.twitter.com/BzY8QjpbEc
— ٰ (@dewycheek) November 26, 2022
Son Heung Min recently accidentally started a trend after wearing a black mask for protection after suffering an injury.
— Sportskeeda Football (@skworldfootball) November 24, 2022
Not only is he so sweet and a total cutie, but he’s also incredibly sexy…
He’s a K-Pop fan himself, but we could totally see him as an idol if he wasn’t a soccer star!
— jeje⭐️ (@libralac) November 26, 2022
He is the idol of idols, after all.
lmaoshsh seunghoon kissing the shirt he wore when he went to tottenham fansign and met son heungmin. cutest fanboy! pic.twitter.com/IkI2xoyzCJ
— I LOVE U BY WINNER (@softinseo) November 24, 2022
4. Cho Yu Min
South Korean soccer center-back or defensive midfielder Cho Yu Min, who plays for Daejeon Hana Citizen and the national team, also has caught the eyes of K-Pop fans.
This handsome soccer player is #20 for Daejeon Hana Citizen but #24 for the Korean national team. The 26-year-old is 6′ 0″ (1.82 m), but it’s that jawline that has us all swooning!
But he’s not single, ladies and gentlemen! Cho Yu Min recently married Park So Yeon (also known as T-ara‘s Soyeon), who is very supportive. So, while he is not a K-Pop idol, he sure is married to one!
Who is your bias?