Ji So-yun: Chelsea star named South Korea Women’s Footballer of the Year

So-Yun Ji of Chelsea Women looks on during the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Brighton Hove and Albion Women at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Ji So-Yun has been named South Korea’s Women’s Footballer of the Year for the sixth time.

The Chelsea star first won the award in 2010. She has notched more than 125 caps for her country, and netted 61 goals in that time.

Ji arrived at Chelsea in 2014, following a successful spell with INAC Kobe Leonessa. The midfielder scored 21 goals in 48 appearances for the Japanese club.

Success continued in the Women’s Super League and Ji became a key player under Emma Hayes. The playmaker scored the only goal in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory at Wembley in 2015 and was named Players’ Player of the Year after her first season in England.

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Ji signed a new three-year deal ahead of the 2019/20 season, a deal which will keep her at Chelsea until the end of the current 2021/22 campaign.

She has shown no signs of slowing down either. Ji made 33 appearances for the league champions last year, winning the domestic quadruple and scoring in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich last season.

However, the player is making her mark outside of the Women’s Super League too. In 2022, Ji was appointed co-president of the Korean Pro-Footballers Association. In her appointment, Ji became the first woman to occupy the role. As a result, it is clear to see why Ji So-Yun has become such a valued player, both for her work on the pitch and off.

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