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Bangkok: Hellas Verona’s Korea Republic midfielder Lee Seungwoo has been crowned AFC Youth Player of the Year 2017 following a string of standout performances for both club and country.

Lee topped this year’s shortlist piping compatriot Paik Seungho and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Taha Shariati for the coveted prize.

The 19-year-old played an instrumental role in helping the Taeguk Warriors reach the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 in Korea Republic scoring two goals.

A product of Barcelona’s Youth Academy - La Masia, Lee established himself as one of the academy’s top talents during the seven seasons (2011-2017) he spent with the Catalan club.

He later made his senior team appearance for Barcelona B in 2016 before moving to Serie A side Hellas Verona in 2017.

Lee made his Korea Republic debut during the AFC U-16 Championship 2014 qualifiers, before landing the competition's MVP and top scorer awards at the finals. 

The talented winger notched 13 goals in 18 appearances for his nation's U-17, while at U-20 level, Lee has scored seven goals in 16 appearances.

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