Lee Kang-in, who had his best personal season, was not included in the Spanish La Liga Team of the Year.
On the 20th (Korean time), the La Liga Secretariat announced the final list of 15 La Liga Teams of the Year (Team Of The Season, TOTS) for the 2022-23 season.
Earlier this month스포츠토토, the secretariat selected a total of 47 candidates in four categories: striker, midfielder, defender, and goalkeeper. Korean national team midfielder Lee Kang-in was also included in the list of candidates at the time and drew attention.
Lee Kang-in had a career high season this season. Lee Kang-in, who was from the Valencia youth academy, did not receive many opportunities at Valencia and entered Mallorca last season after turning down his renewal contract.
Lee Kang-in, who played in 30 La Liga games in his first season, going back and forth between starting and replacing, has grown to a level this season after adapting, and has become a key player trusted by coach Javier Aguirre. He has scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 33 league appearances. In particular, against Getafe at the end of April, he even scored multiple goals. La Liga multi-goal is the first record among Korean players. Then, in the last game against Athletic Bilbao, he scored the first winning goal and achieved double-digit attack points with 6 goals and 4 assists.
His strong impression soon led to a La Liga Team of the Year nomination. At that time, Lee Kang-in was included in the midfielder division, and he played with the best players of the time representing European football as well as La Liga, such as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde (above Real Madrid), Frankie the Yong, Gaby, and Pedri (above Barcelona). side by side
2022-23 La Liga Team of the Year final list. La Liga official social media capture
However, it failed to make it to the final list. In the midfield category, a total of five players were selected, including Modric, Valverde of Real Madrid, Pedri of Barcelona, and Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) and Gabri Beiga (Celta Vigo).
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior (above Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) were selected as the team striker of the year in La Liga. Eder Militant (Real Madrid), Jules Kunde (Barcelona), and David Garcia (Osasuna) were selected as center backs, and Alejandro Balde (Barcelona) and Nauel Molina (Atletico) were selected as side defenders. Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) was chosen as the best goalkeeper.