Monster defender Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich) was evaluated as the second best center back in the world.
The French version of sports specialist 90MIN ranked players active in the center back position on the 25th (Korean time). Kim Min-jae, a South Korean center back playing in Munich, ranked second.
This is truly an incredible evaluation. World-class center backs such as John Stones (Man City, 3rd place) and Eder Militao (Real Madrid, 4th place) were positioned under Kim Min-jae.
In particular, it is impressive that Kim Min-jae’s ranking is higher than Joszko Gvardiol (Man City, 5th place). Croatian Gvardiol is one of the best center backs in the world. He attracted attention at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, where he played as a key defender for the Croatian national team and led his country to the semifinals. Last summer, he transferred to Manchester City for a transfer fee of 77.6 million pounds (about 130 billion won). This is the second highest transfer fee of all time for a defender.
However, the media evaluated Kim Min-jae as a better defender than Gvardiol. Additionally, Ronald Araujo (Barcelona) ranked 6th, William Salaba (Arsenal) ranked 7th, Lucas Hernández (Paris Saint-Germain) ranked 8th, David Alaba (Real) ranked 9th, and Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool) ranked 10th. ranked above.
In the case of French defender Hernández, he played as a Munich player before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in France last summer. Kim Min-jae was recruited by Munich as a replacement for Hernández. Hernández holds the record for the highest transfer fee in Munich history at 80 million euros (approximately 115 billion won). However, he changed teams without receiving positive reviews due to frequent injuries.
On the other hand, Kim Min-jae has been showing off his outstanding performance since the beginning of the season. He showed off his impeccable defense by appearing in all eight league games this season. He also played full time in all three European Champions League games. There are a lot of injured center backs in Munich this season, but Kim Min-jae was a great help by taking center stage.
Kim Min-jae is already considered one of the best defenders in Europe. He played a key role in his former team Napoli (Italy) last season. He played a key role in Naples’ first league win in 33 years. He also led the Napoli club to advance to the quarterfinals of the European Champions League, the club’s best performance ever. In recognition of his performance, he received numerous love calls from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and others last summer, before moving to Munich, the ‘strongest team in Germany.’온라인카지노
Additionally, Kim Min-jae was named to the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates. This is the fourth time in history that a Korean player has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or. Starting with Seol Ki-hyun of Anderlecht (Belgium) in 2002, Park Ji-sung, who played for Manchester United (England) in 2005, and Tottenham (England) striker Son Heung-min in 2019 and 2022 have been nominated.
In the case of ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min, he ranked 11th in 2022, the highest record ever in Asia. In addition, Kim Min-jae made new history by becoming the first Asian defender to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or.