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Messi of South Korea loses his chance to play at the AFC U23 Championship

Messi of South Korea loses his chance to play at the AFC U23 Championship

Winger Lee Seung Woo was not called up into South Korea U23 23-man squad to compete at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship next month.

To strengthen the team with players who were playing for European clubs, Korea Football Association managed to call some youngsters namely Hwang Hee Chan and Lee Kang In.

However, winger Lee Seung Woo was not mentioned in that list even though he was one of the brightest stars of South Korean football.

It seemed that South Korea U23 manager wanted to work with players playing regularly for the first team in recent months, so he decided not to call Lee Seung Woo.

Lee Seung Woo was called Messi of South Korea thanks to the similarities between him and the Argentinian star. At 13, Lee was recruited by Barcelona scouts, which made him join La Masia football academy.

He was also one of the most impressive players of Barcelona's youth teams, scoring 39 goals in his first season with the team.

However, his career was affected by FIFA when they concluded that Lee's transfer was illegal, so he was banned from playing in the official tournaments in three years until his 18th birthday.

In 2017, Lee left Barcelona for the Italian club Hellas Verona. However, he rarely had a chance to play in the starting lineup, so he decided to move to Belgium team Sint-Truiden, playing alongside Messi of Vietnam Nguyen Cong Phuong.

However, both Messi of Vietnam and Messi of South Korea were excluded from the list in more than ten games. Consequently, while Nguyen Cong Phuong returned to Vietnam to play more matches, Lee Seung Woo lost his place in South Korea U23 team.