Footballer “No.18” Lee Kang In Goes Viral For Winking At Neymar After Korea’s Loss

“What a charmer.”

Mallorca star and current Korean National Team footballer Lee Kang In is going viral for his interaction with Brazilian star Neymar after Korea’s defeat to Brazil.

Lee Kang In | Kyung Hyang

On December 6, Korea’s journey in the 2022 Qatar World Cup came to an end. Despite giving it their all, in the end, tournament favorites Brazil was just too much for the Koreans, defeating them 4-1.

Son Heung Min (middle) | Newsis

The loss caps an improbable run by the South Koreans, who were able to advance from the tournament’s group stages for the first time in 12 years. The feat is more impressive when considering Korea’s group in the competition featured countries such as Portugal and Uruguay.

Hwang Hee Chan (middle) Hwang In Bum (right) | JoongAng Ilbo

Despite the Korean team’s loss, Korea has been showering its players with adoration, and one player, in particular, is going viral for his interaction with Brazilian superstar Neymar.

A video clip of Korea’s National Team maknae Lee Kang In walking in the tunnel with Neymar has netizens buzzing. The two are seen talking before the two are seen exchanging jerseys. Lee Kang In is seen thanking Neymar and goes on his way, but not before sending the Brazilian superstar a wink.

Netizens who saw the clip can’t seem to help but baby the maknae. Despite being one of the fastest-rising talents in football, netizens couldn’t get over how adorable Lee Kang In is in the clip.

  • “Why is he such a natural at winking? LOL.”
  • “Kang In, stop winking. Your granny’s heart hurts.”
  • “What a charmer.”
  • “Ah, Kang In, LOL.”
  • “WOW! His wink, it’s crazy, LOL.”
  • “His wink is so cute, LOL.”
  • “He’s such a charmer, LOL. He’s so cute!”
  • “What’s up with the wink, huh? You cutie…”

The interaction sums up why Lee Kang In is so beloved by Korean football fans. The midfielder is a highly-touted player who came up the ranks with Spanish football giant Valencia before leaving for Mallorca. At only 21, the player shows composure on and off the pitch and is never one to shy away from a big moment.

Source: theqoo
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