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Park frog-marched to top of the game

Park Ji-Sung has revealed that frog juice was one of the secret ingredients behind his remarkable stamina.

In a bid to fast-track Park's growth, his father would make the long journey from their home in Suwon to Go-heung county, where he would visit frog farms to gather the ingredients for an unusual protein drink.

Once back home, the frog juice would be boiled up before Park gamely swallowed it down.

"It tasted very, very bad but I had to drink it because I wanted to be a footballer and everyone said I needed to be bigger and stronger," said Park, who will be hoping for champagne tonight.

Irish Independent