South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung (C) and his parents bow during a news conference to announce his retirement in Suwon May 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Lee Dong-won/News1)
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Three-lunged Park enjoyed breathtaking rideFrom a boy who drank frog juice to help him grow, to a star of world football lapping up fame and acclaim at Manchester United, Park Ji-sung's path to becoming Korea's greatest ever football player is the stuff of dreams.Park flourished under the guidance of Guus Hiddink, the Dutch master who led the Koreans to the World Cup semifinals.Park joined Hiddink at PSV Eindhoven after the World Cup, and after a slow start, took the Dutch league by storm.Park said he was happy the team won, and that he would have other opportunities to play in big games.A year later, Park lined up for Manchester United against Barcelona at Rome's Olympic Stadium, becoming the first Korean to play in a Champions League final.Looking to the future, Park said Wednesday he would still be involved with Korean football, but ruled out the possibility of following his mentor Hiddink into management.
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