London, May 26 : Manchester United ace Ji-Sung Park has left other old Trafford stars like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Javier Hernandez in popularity if one goes by the number of fan mails he receives.
Ji-Sung Park is idolised in Asia, but most notably in his native South Korea, the midfielder cannot walk down a street back there without literally being mobbed. The girls scream as if he is a pop star.
Park said: “I get a lot of parcels coming over from South Korea. They send me everything from clothes to food and sweets. I have even been sent money before. The notes in South Korea changed and they sent me the new ones so I could see them because I’m living here. Maybe they’re worried I’ll forget about home!”
United have a massive following in Asia and to have one of their own footballer playing for the Red Devils has made Park his country’s biggest sports star, The Sun reports.
In the Gillette advertisement with Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, Park replaced Thierry Henry for South Korean audiences.
“It’s difficult to deal with, being stopped in the street and so on. It’s a different culture. Asian culture is that people are quite excited about the players. But most of the time I’m in England and it’s only during holidays that I’m at home.
“Sometimes it’s great, because the fans love me. You get energy from that. But it is easier to walk around Manchester. I actually don’t like being a famous person. I just want to be a normal person,” Park said.
“When I’m back in my country, it’s like being David Beckham. But it’s like that for David Beckham all over the world. It must be more difficult for him than for me,” he said. (ANI)