Son Heung-min, usually referred to as Son only, is a professional football player from South Korea. He plays as a winger for Tottenham Hotspur and is the captain of the South Korea national team. He was born on July 8th, 1992 in Chuncheon, in the Gangwon Province.
Son began his football career at the academy of FC Seoul and played for the club’s youth team until 2009 when he moved to Germany and joined the youth team of Hamburger SV. He didn’t spend a lot of time with the youth team since he was moved to Hamburger SV II in 2010 and later the same year even made it to the first team. He remained at Hamburger until 2013 when he made transfer news and moved to Bayer Leverkusen after a breakout season.
The winger spent two years at Leverkusen and drew attention from a few big clubs. Eventually, he moved to Tottenham in 2015 and has been with the club ever since. His career in England took off even further and he is now widely considered as one of the best players in the world. In fact, he became the top Asian goalscorer in the history of Premier League and Champions League. Although he is yet to win any trophies with Spurs, he did help the team reach their first-ever Champions League final in 2019.
Son made his debut for South Korea in 2010 and has since played in more than 80 games and became the captain of the national team. He represented South Korea at two World Cups and propelled his team to win the 2018 Asian Games. He also played with the team at three AFC Asian Cup competitions, reaching the finals in 2015.
In 2019, Son became the first player from Asia ever to be nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
Son Heung-min Transfers and Rumours
- 2008: FC Seoul to Hamburger SV – Free Transfer
- 2013: Hamburger SV to Bayer Leverkusen – £9 million
- 2015: Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham Hotspur – £22 million
Ever since he arrived at Hamburger, Son showed glimpses of his pace, creativity and finishing that will make him into a global football star. After three years with the team, it was obvious that his transfer odds were high. In 2013, Bayer Leverkusen paid around £9 million for Son, which was the highest fee that the club ever paid.
Having proven himself with his new club, transfer rumours and football whispers arose once again regarding his next destination. He still went under the radar of the biggest clubs in Europe but not Tottenham. The Spurs made him one of the crucial transfer targets and splashed around £22 million to bring him to White Hart Lane. This is still the highest ever fee paid for an Asian player.
However, the transfer certainly paid off for Tottenham since Son became one of the best players in England and Europe. This ever-growing reputation in the football world makes him the constant target of transfer gossip but, at least for now, he seems content in London and together with Harry Kane, he seems determined to finally win the Premier League with the club.