Son Heung-min (born 8 July 1992) is a professional football player from South Korea who plays in the EPL for London based team, Tottenham Hotspurs. Few South Korean footballers have had an impact as much as Son Heung-min who is a highly recognized football personality in the whole of Asia. The star who is no stranger to the mainstream media is one of the prolific attackers in the Tottenham Hotspurs squad, who has been on a fiery run in recent times. Son Heung-min Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth and Personal Life presents the profile and life of the amazing football star from his childhood to date.
In this article, we’ll delve into the life of the South Korean icon and how he became an established act in the football scene. Other highlights include salary, endorsements, family and relationship life.
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Son Heung-min Biography Facts, Age, Nickname, Parents
- Full Name: Son Heung-min
- Nicknames: Sonaldo
- Date of Birth: 8 July 1992
- Age: 31 years old
- Place of Birth: Chuncheon-si, South Korea
- Nationality: South Korean
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
- Weight: 77 kg
- Father: Son Woong-Jung
- Mother: Eun Ja Kil
- Sibling: Heung-Yun Son (brother)
- Occupation: Footballer
- Playing Position: Forward
- Strong Foot: Right
- Current Club/Team: Tottenham
- Jersey/Kit Number:
- #7 (Tottenham Hotspurs)
- #7 (South Korean National football team)
- Net Worth: $20 million
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Son Heung-min Childhood Story, Family Background & Early Life
Born in South Korea on 8 July 1992 to his father Wong Jung, a former footballer who now works as a manager and mother Eun Ja Kil. His parents were people who loved adventure and thus loved to travel. At the age of 3, Son left South Korea and attended Mission Heights in New Zealand as an exchange student in order to build his English speaking ability. By the age of 9, his family was back again in South Korea, where Son attended Dongbuk elementary school.
At Dongbuk elementary school, his interest in football began. He thus began playing football then and after graduating from elementary school, he went on to high school. After about a year or less in high school, Son dropped out to focus on football. In order to build his skills, he joined a football academy, FC Seoul’s academy. While he trained with the team’s academy, he worked as a ball boy during games. As a young boy trying to build his football skills, Son admired former Crystal Palace player, Lee Chung-Yong.
Son Heung-min Senior Football Career, Achievements & Awards
Hamburger SV (2009–2013)
At the age of 16, Son moved to Hamburger SV via the Korean FA Youth Project. After he participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Son began playing for Hamburger SV actively. Prior to the onset of the 2010/11 season, Son led Hamburger in goals and was granted a professional contract on the day he turned 18. He began his season in scoring against Chelsea but was injured which left him on the sidelines for two months. In October 2010 he returned to action and thus earned his first goal in the Bundesliga against FC Köln, which made him the youngest Bundesliga goal scorer for the club. He ended his 2010/11 campaign with 3 goals in 14 matches.
As he prepared for the following season, he registered 18 goals in 9 preseason games. But as the season began, Son suffered from fever and was out of action. He soon returned to action and during the season he registered 5 goals in 30 games and also helped his team avoid relegation. His final season with Hamburger was his breakthrough season. Son was in top form as he helped his team defeat Bundesliga giant, Dortmund. His goal scoring abilities improved as he went on to score 12 goals to become the fifth South Korean footballer to record double-digit goals in a European league.
Bayer Leverkusen (2013–2015)
In June 2013, Son moved to Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen for €10 million, a record amount for Hamburger then. He signed a five-year deal with the club. During the season, Son was in amazing form as he helped his team earn a UEFA Champions League spot. His debut season with Bayern Leverkusen ended with 12 goals in 43 games. His second season with Bayer Leverkusen was more impressive as he scored 17 goals in 42 appearances.
Tottenham Hotspurs (2015–present)
In August 2015, Tottenham Hotspurs signed Sonnon in a five-year contract. His move from Bayer Leverkusen cost €30 million, which made him the most expensive Asian footballer. He debuted for Tottenham in a game against Sunderland in September 2015. The month, he also earned his first goal for Tottenham Hotspurs in a Europa League game against Qarabağ FK, in which he scored a brace. Son was in top form that season. In a game against Chelsea in May 2016, he scored a goal which would have made Tottenham EPL winner, but following an equaliser, Leicester City emerges the winner.
In his second season at Tottenham, he requested then Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, to transfer him to another team, after he couldn’t get playing time as much in the Spurs team. Rather the manager gave Son a chance to fight for a spot in the starting XI. In September 2016, Son began a wonderful goal scoring run, which saw him receive the EPL Premier League player of the month award, making him the first Asian to receive the award. His top form continued and at the end of the 2016/17 season, he was one of three Spurs players who scored more than 20 goals in the season.
In the 2017/18 season, Son was once again on an impressive run. By November, he had become the Asian player with the most goals in the EPL. At the conclusion of a brilliant season, he became the only Asian player to have a finish in the top 10 in the EPL goal scoring chart. In July 2018, Son agreed to a five-year deal with Tottenham. His first goal of the season, which was his 50th goal for Spurs was awarded the EPL Goal of the Month award in November. He continued in his top-scoring form and was awarded the EPL Player of the Year at the London Football Award.
In Tottenham Champions League Quarter-final game against Manchester City, Son was in top form that his brace in the second leg of the game helped Spurs advance to the semifinal of the tournament for the first time since 1962. His brace catapulted him to become the highest Asian goal scorer in the Champions League. He ended his 2018/19 season as runner-up in the Champions League.
Son began his 2019/20 season with a brace in an EPL game against Crystal Palace. In October 2019, he was included in the 30 man list for the Ballon d’Or award. He continued in top form throughout the season, and in December, he scored a spectacular goal against Burnley in which he passed 7 opponent players before he scored. The goal was lauded by pundits and was awarded the goal of the Month for December 2019. In February 2020, he became the first Asian player to register 50 goals in the EPL. That month, he suffered a fracture in his arm, which was revealed could put him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Son Heung-min International Career
Son has featured for the South Korean youth team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup as well as the AFC Asian Cup held in 2011. After he turned down the offer to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics, he participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He played in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup where he was named to the Team of the Tournament. Son also participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he scored the goal which guaranteed the exit of the defending champions, Germany. He also captained South Korea to victory in the 2018 Asian game which guaranteed him an exemption for the mandatory military service for all members of the team. He also played at the 2019 AFC Asian game where his side lost to Qatar in the quarterfinal.
Son Heung-min Net Worth, Salary & Endorsements
How much is Son Heung-min’s Net Worth? As of March 2020, Son Heung-min’s net worth is estimated at $20 million. In 2020 alone, Son will earn a salary of about £7,280,000. He has various endorsement deals with LG and popular sports brand, Adidas.
Son Heung-min Personal Life
Son’s father is a former football player who played for the South Korean National B team. His mother is one of the closest people in his life, who supported his decision to play football even when he dropped out of high school. His elder brother, Heung-Yun Son, is his manager.
Son has been in a relationship with several high profile individuals in Asia, such as actress and singer, Minah and You so Young. Both the relationship failed due to distance as well as career demands.
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