As arguably Korea's most successful footballer, Park joined Manchester United in the English Premier League in 2005 and stayed with the team for seven seasons. After entering the spotlight with Korea's unprecedented romp to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup, and appearing in the next two quadrennial football showcases, he retired in 2011 after the Asian Cup in Qatar. But his name is always the first to be called whenever Korea's national team hits a slump.
Rumors that he may stage a surprise return surfaced again in recent days after Korea won a berth at its eighth straight World Cup on Tuesday night. But Park stressed that this was never on the cards. "I thought very carefully about my decision before I retired", he said.
As Park's current club QPR was relegated to the second-tier Championship at the end of last season, many believe he will transfer this summer. "I'm open to all possibilities, but I still want to play in Europe", he said, adding that a return to the K-League is not out of the question.