LifeBogger presents the Full Story of a football genius best known by the Nickname; ‘Three Lungs Park.’
Our version of Park Ji Sung’s Biography, including his Childhood Story, gives you a full account of the notable events of his early boyhood days.
We then tell you how the South Korean star became famous in football.
The analysis of the United Legend involves his life story before fame, family life/background, Relationship Life, and many OFF and ON-Pitch little-known facts about him. Without further ado, let’s begin.
Park Ji Sung Childhood Story – Early Life:
For Biography starters, Park Ji-Sung was born on February 25, 1981, in Goheung, South Korea, to his Father, Park Sung-jong, and Mother, Jang Myung-ja. He grew up in the city of Suwon.
Park Ji-sung loved seeing soccer players playing live and on TV while he was a child. This was how he developed an interest in the game.
However, there was a problem. He was very short and small. This he saw as a limitation.
In a bid to resolve his physical issues, Park’s parents had to go herbal to get their talented soccer son bigger and taller.
They made him drink herbal water extract mixed with boiled frog juice and deer blood all with the belief that it would help him grow bigger. Fortunately, it helped.
Park Ji-sung became confident in himself once more and started playing soccer again. He played the game for his elementary school and excelled in competitions.
It didn’t take long before he became recognized as one of the brightest young stars in South Korean football. After high school, he enrolled at South Korea’s Myongji University.
Park Ji Sung Family Life:
To start with, Park Ji Sung’s father’s name is Park Sung-jong, while his mother’s name is Jang Myung-ja. Both parents stuck together to watch their son grow to fulfill his dreams.
His mother, Myung-ja was richer than his dad. She once managed a popular Korean metal factory. Now retired.
Park Ji Sung Wife:
Did you know?… Park largely kept his personal life out of the spotlight and surprised the media by announcing his upcoming wedding to former television reporter Kim Min Ji at his retirement press conference.
They married on 27 July 2014 in South Korea. Their daughter was born in November 2015.
Celebrities flooded the building as recently retired soccer player Park Ji Sung and former SBS announcer Kim Min Ji held their wedding ceremony on July 27.
The wedding took place at the beautiful Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul. The ceremony was officiated by SBS announcer Bae Sung Jae, and the congratulatory song was sung by announcer Kim Joo Woo.
As expected, the guest list included a number of well-known stars, such as legendary soccer coach Guus Hiddink, who helped Korea to reach the Top 4 during the 2002 World Cup, and fellow Manchester United star Patrice Evra (his best friend in Europe).
It is important to note that Park Ji Sung and Kim Min Ji turned from strangers to lovers in 2011, and they have been public about their relationship since 2013.
Park Ji Sung Biography Facts – Charitable Works:
On 5 October 2014, it was announced that Park was to take up a role as a global ambassador for Manchester United.
He has also participated in the Asian Dream Cup annual charity event with a team entitled “Park Ji-Sung and Friends.
Park Ji Sung Bio – The Untold Story of his friendship that exceeded all barriers:
Manchester United’s defender Patrice Evra and Ji Sung Park are best friends. Not only on the pitch but more notably off the pitch, as Evra frequently likes to visit Park.
The interaction between them has brought the pair closer together, almost like brothers. Evra even calls Park’s father, Park Sung Jong, Papa.
Living in England, the two players became very dependent on each other as they overcame their difficulties together. Park Sung Jong now reveals the untold stories of the pair.
Park Sung Jong
When Manchester United has a game abroad, our house becomes a gathering point.
Because the parking is expensive at the airport, several players come to our house so that they can catch a ride from me to the airport. Pat, Carlito, VDS, and Berba are the usual customers, as well as Ji.
I always get nervous when I drive them because I’m escorting a team of superstars and their combined cost is over 40 million!!
Therefore, I have to always be alert and at my best and try not to think about crashing! But Evra is always at my side cracking his usual jokes, and that gets rid of any worries.
When we won the EPL, Evra was the first one to come and hug my wife and me and take a picture with us. Also, he always calls me papa. That’s how close we are as a family.
Evra is a French international, but he is actually from Senegal. He grew up in the back streets of Les Ulis, a place populated with gangsters.
However, it was football that prevented Evra from going down that road. I think Thierry Henry was from that region too.
Evra and Park are of the same age. Evra is a bit more sociable than Ji, but both don’t talk much, and both are introspective.
Whether it’s Ruud van Nistelrooy of the past or Edwin van der Sar, most of Ji’s friends are from abroad, outside of the UK.
British players usually hang out with each other, and so the foreign players usually cluster together and depend upon each other.
Park Continues… In the summer of 2007, during the Asian Tour, Evra was able to visit Korea. The day before the game, he came over to our house in Suwon.
In Manchester, he always asked us if he could visit our home in Korea if he had the chance. Therefore, he seized the opportunity when Manchester United came to Korea to come and visit us.
Not only did he look around our house, but he also begged me if I could take him to a nightclub in Seoul. I had never been to a nightclub in my life until the day I gave in to Evra’s wishes.
Evra and I first met not as friends but as enemies back in 2005. They clashed in the round of 16 in the Champions League, I played for PSV, and Evra played for AS Monaco.
In the two legs, I played on the right side of midfield, and Evra played as left-back, and so both of us were frequently in battle. Eventually, PSV won both games 1-0 and 2-0. Evra sometimes reminisces about that game.
He joked, “I had my butt kicked around all night by you, and so I didn’t really feel like being friends with you.” “I held a grudge over you.” Surprisingly, both I and Evra remember that game very well. I believe it was destiny for both of us to become best friends.
When Evra first arrived back in January of 2006, he had difficulties adjusting to the team. At that time, Mikael Silvestre and Gabriel Heinze cemented their places ahead of Evra and there was no room for Evra to break through.
Whenever he had the chance to play, he made mistakes and that cost him his place. He was so into attacking that he sometimes forgot his defensive duties and left his marker free to roam.
Unfortunately, he was dubbed the “fullback that never returns” by some sections of Utd fans. During those difficult periods, it was me that consoled Evra and gave him a shoulder to lean on.
I told Evra about the difficult times I experienced back in the Netherlands and tried to give him the confidence that he needed.
We became even closer friends with Evra when I moved right next to his house in February 2007.
Whenever Evra’s wife, Patricia (funny Evra’s first name is Patrice and his wife’s first name is Patricia), takes her kids to visit relatives in France, Evra comes to our house and settles in as if it is his home.
Sometimes, he invites me to his house, and we spend time together. I think that’s how Evra repays the kindness I have given him. When I had surgery on his left ankle, I remember Evra writing a get well message on his cast.
When I had surgery on his right knee in the Spring of 2007, Evra dedicated the goal he scored in the 7-1 thrashing of Roma to me.
Evra’s father lives in Dakar, Senegal. Evra says that because his father married so many times, whenever he goes back to his hometown, there is an Evra here, an Evra there and Evra Evra everywhere.
Evra’s father usually stays in Senegal, but he came to visit Manchester one day. Evra was so excited about the prospect of playing in front of his father at Old Trafford.
However, Ferguson decided to put Evra on the bench, and after the game, Evra was extremely upset.
He held his anger inside, but when he got home, he exploded. He screamed and started throwing things to the ground. It was obvious he wanted to make his father proud.
I looked at Evra and thought, “what if that happened to me?” I rarely reveal my feelings.
I usually hide it. However, I could tell he was extremely disappointed when he missed out on the chance to play in a certain CL final we had.
Sometimes, I wish I would be more expressive of my feelings like Evra.
On a faithful year, we moved into the house Evra used to live in. It is three stories with seven rooms. Evra also moved about 3-4 minutes away from our house.
When I go to training, Evra and I usually share a car. One day it will be me driving, and the next day it is Evra. When training is over, both of us sometimes go to a Korean restaurant to eat.
Evra’s love for Utd is strong. He got a highly profitable offer from Inter Milan, but he immediately turned it down.
Whenever he plays a football video game with me, I have never seen him select a team other than Utd. Now we are in the CL final together again.
A few days ago, Evra told me,
“Hey friend, last year we didn’t get to play with each other, but this time let’s do this together. Remember, if either of us scores, we must celebrate together.”
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