South Korea and Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min was presented with the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian International Player of the Year award at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, February 10.
Son received the award from AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh and AFC Social Responsibility Committee member and South Korean legend Park Ji-sung ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal FC London derby in the English Premier League.
Son’s success marks the second time the 25-year-old has won the award, following his recognition in 2015 when he fended off the challenge of compatriot Ki Sung-yeung and 2015 AFC Asian Cup MVP Massimo Luongo to land the accolade.
The 2016/17 season proved to be a stellar one for Son at club level, as he helped Tottenham to second spot in England’s top-flight. He scored 21 goals in all competitions for Spurs – including a hattrick in his side’s FA Cup quarterfinal win over FC Millwall – to become the highest-scoring Korea Republic player in a European season.
Son, a scorer in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final, was also an integral part of his nation’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.
A virtual ever present in the final round of qualifiers which saw the Taeguk Warriors eventually book a tenth FIFA World Cup finals appearance, Son is now set to feature at his second FIFA World Cup following his debut at the global extravaganza in 2014.
Son began his club career at youth level with FC Seoul in 2008, before securing a move to Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga. After a two-year stint with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur signed the ever-improving player for 30 million euros in 2015.