Kim Jong-un Promises to Create More Talented Footballers Than Lionel Messi
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has promised to help footballers in his country develop into better players than Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.
Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has made the development of football in his country one of his highest priorities.
The country are currently in 126th in the FIFA rankings, while they have only appeared in two World Cup’s in their history, most recently competing at the 2010 competition where they conceded 12 goals in three games.
As reported by Marca, Ri Yu He, a coach at the Pyongyang International Football School, has declared the country are attempting to produce players of the same calibre as Messi.
“We train our young people to become most talented players including Lionel Messi”, he claimed.
“For now, we seek to dominate Asia and in the near future, I hope we can dominate the world.”
Their goal of global domination will no doubt take some time to materialise, if it ever does, given the exceptional facilities currently on display in countries like England, Spain and Germany.
Domination in Asia looks more likely in the future, although the nation are still behind rivals South Korea, who have experienced more success on the global stage.
Stars like Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng have experienced success in Europe, whereas North Korea’s most notable player in recent years has been striker Jong-Tae-se, the top scorer in the country’s history with 15 goals, who has had spells in Japan and Germany.