Cha Du-ri leading in All-Star Game votes

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Cha Du-ri leading in All-Star Game votes

F.C. Seoul veteran defender Cha Du-ri proved he is still the most beloved player among K-League fans as he’s in first place in the league’s All-Star Game voting.

According to the K-League on Wednesday, the 34-year-old defender received 102,713 votes, ahead of Pohang Steelers forward Kim Seung-dae, who had 96,600 votes.

The All-Star Game will be Cha’s last, as he already announced his retirement following this season.

In March, the former Celtic player finished his national team career in a friendly match with New Zealand.

Following 10 years of playing in European leagues, Cha joined the Seoul-based football club in 2013. He has seven assist points in 68 games as of Wednesday.

League No. 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors has seven All-Star candidates, followed by FC Seoul with four players.

Ulsan Hyundai and the Suwon Samsung Bluewings have three candidates, while Jeju United has two. Incheon United, Pohang and Seongnam each have one.

Voting will close next Monday, and the All-Star Game will kick off on July 17 in Ansan, Gyeonggi, with a match-up between teams led by Korean national team coach Uli Stielike and Jeonbuk Hyundai coach Choi Kang-hee.

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