Tottenham captain Son Heung-min admits recent defeats hurt but has urged the squad to keep playing the Ange Postecoglou way.
Heung-min Son is a Tottenham Hotspur forward and a superstar in his native South Korea. He became the first player from Asia to score fifty Premier League goals.
Son has played for South Korea at two World Cups in 2014 and 2018. In 2018 he won the Asian Games, claiming two assists as the Reds beat Japan 2-1 in extra time to clinch the gold medal. The win meant the victorious South Korean players were exempt from compulsory military service.
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Heung-min Son joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 for £27million from Bayer Leverkusen. He became the most expensive player in Asian football history breaking the record held by Hidoteshi Nakata, when he joined Parma from Roma for £25million.
He scored a superlative back heeled flick against Watford in December 2015 which sealed a 2-1 win. In May 2016, Son Heung-min scored the second of Tottenham's goals against Chelsea as Spurs looked to claim the Premier League title. Yet, Chelsea equalised in a 2-2 draw, handing the title to Leicester City.
Son admitted to Goal that he wanted to leave Tottenham Hotspur in 2016 but was persuaded to stay by his then boss Mauricio Pochettino.
In November 2017, Son scored his 20th Premier League goal and broke Park Ji-Sung's record of total goals in the top flight scored by an Asian player. Son finished the 2017/18 season with 18 goals in all competitions. The standout strike of that season was an unstoppable thirty yarder against West Ham United in January 2018.
He scored the first ever Premier League goal at Spurs' new £1billion stadium in April 2019. In June 2019, Son played in the Champions League final for Spurs but they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.
In September 2020, Heung-min Son scored four goals in Spurs' 5-2 demolition of Southampton, all four goals assisted by Harry Kane.
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He was able to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics soccer event, scoring in South Korea's 3-3 draw with Germany as they advanced from the group stage. They were then eliminated by Honduras 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
There was some redemption at the 2018 Asian Games where South Korea beat Iran, Uzbekistan and Vietnam in the knockout stages before dispatching Japan 2-1 after extra time to take the gold. Son provided a pair of assists to take the win and help his team-mates avoid compulsory military service.
Son has dated K-Pop stars Bang Min-ah and Yoo So-young but says he will leave marriage until the end of his soccer career.
The 28-year-old Son, lives with his parents in an apartment in Hampstead. He said: "There are different attitudes in Europe and Asia and, of course, people are thinking - 'Why is he living with his family?' But who cares about me? Who is helping me to play football? It is them. They gave up their life and they come over here to help me. I have to pay back".
Son is reportedly one of the highest paid South Korean athletes in the world, receiving a basic salary of £140,000 per week (£7.2m per year) from his contract with Tottenham. He is projected to have a total net worth of £57million.