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Son Heung-Min

Soccer Player

Son Heung-Min
South Korean football player Source: Cartilage Free Captain(Google)

In addition to serving as the captain of the South Korean national soccer team, Son Heung-Min, a 30-year-old professional soccer player from South Korea, plays forward for London-based Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Son Heung-Min | Early Life & Education

Son Heung-Min was born in Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea, on July 8, 1992.

Heung-Yun Son, another sibling of Heung-Min who played soccer in lower-level German divisions and is now involved in the management of a young academy, is also a former player.

Son Woong-Jung, a former coach and soccer player for the South Korean national soccer B team, is the boy’s father. The mother of the son is Eun Ja Kil.

Son attended Seoul’s Dongbuk High School. Through the academy, he joined the FC Seoul young squad.

Son left school at the age of 16 and enrolled in the youth academy of Hamburger SV.

Son Heung-Min | Body Measurements and Appearance

For a soccer player, Son’s height of 6 feet (1.83 m) is imposing. He carries about 170 pounds or 77 kg.

Son has a commanding presence on the field because of his attractive height and weight combination.

Heung-Min can display with either foot with ease. He is a threatening presence on the ball thanks to his agile and strong body type, which also allows him to dribble efficiently and finish crosses quickly.

He is also incredibly speedy both on and off the ball. Also, He has black monolid eyes and black hair complementing his fair complexion.

Son Heung-Min | Career

In November 2009, Son formally enrolled in Hamburger SV’s youth academy. In the preseason for 2010–11, the player showed remarkable play.

On his 18th birthday, he subsequently signed his first professional contract. This was followed by stellar performances and a renewed contract with the team through 2014.

Following a succession of impressive performances, Bayer Leverkusen announced on June 13, 2013, that Son had signed a five-year contract worth a significant sum of money of €10 million ($10,374,650).

The transfer news garnered significant media attention because it was the club’s largest transfer fee at the time.

Son had 12 goals in 43 games by the time the 2013–14 season was through. In a similar vein, he scored 17 goals in just 42 games to conclude the 2014–15 campaign.

Son committed to a 5-year deal with his current team, Tottenham Hotspur, on August 28, 2015.

 

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The transaction cost the Spurs $22.8 million ($22.82 million), making Heung-Min the most expensive Asian player in soccer history.

He had a sluggish start to his time with the Spurs. He started having more opportunities to succeed after he petitioned former Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino for permission to leave the team to receive more playing time.

Achievements

Son received his first Premier League Player of the Month honor on October 14, 2016. He also made history by becoming the first Asian to ever get the honor in the process.

After a series of even more goal-scoring performances, he was given the honor once more in April 2017.

With Dele Alli and Harry Kane, Son had established himself as a player of the highest caliber.

On November 5, 2017, he scored his 20th Premier League goal, breaking Park Ji-Sung’s previous record for most Asian goals in Premier League history.

A significant 5-year contract worth £22 million ($26,126,980) was also signed by him with the Spurs in July 2018.

Additionally, in April 2019, he scored and assisted Tottenham in their run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals during the 2018–19 season. Since their lone debut in 1962, this was their first time participating in the competition’s semifinals.

It was reported in April 2020 that Heung-Min would serve his required military duty for South Korea.

On January 2, 2021, he scored his 100th goal for Tottenham Hotspur.

Furthermore, Son received two nominations for the Most Reputable Ballon d’Or Award in 2019 and 2020.

He received two votes in 2019 and placed 22nd; in 2022, he received two votes and placed 11th.

Titles

After he scored a goal in December 2019, the new manager José Mourinho gave him the nickname “Ronaldo Nazario.” This was compared to Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, a legend in Brazil.

Son has represented South Korea internationally since 2010 in addition to his club career.

He participated in both the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup teams for South Korea.

Together with Park Ji-Sung and Ahn Jung-Hwan he is also his nation’s leading scorer in the World Cup with three goals.

He assisted South Korea in winning the Asian Games gold in 2018. In addition, he represented his country in the AFC Asian Cup in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

Son Heung-Min | Relationship & Girlfriend

Son recently discussed his romantic situation with a reporter. He claimed that his career is his only priority, and he does not want distractions.

He explained the sources and stated that he will only get married after retiring.

According to rumors, Son once dated Yoo So-Young, a South Korean actress. Sadly, the pair then broke up. So-Young later admitted that she was unaware of Son’s identity when she first met him.

Additionally, Son dated the K-pop artist Bang Min-ah.

Son Heung-Min | Net Worth, Salary, and Income

The athletically gifted man is a genuine sports superstar. Therefore, it is not surprising that he receives a sizable salary from endorsements.

Several well-known sponsors include Gillette and Adidas.

In addition to endorsements, his contract with Tottenham Hotspur pays him a sizable salary.

He is required to make £7.28 million a year, or $10 million, per the terms of the contract. He is thought to be worth $31.56 million overall.

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Son Heung-Min | Social Media Presence

Min is well-liked by soccer fans around and has a sizable fan base.

He regularly updates his Instagram with photos of himself with his teammates, coaches, and action on the field. He frequently publishes sponsored content as well.

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FAQs

What did Son Heung do to celebrate turning 18?

The athlete’s 18th birthday was unlike most others. He signed his first professional deal with Hamburger SV on that day.

What is Son Heung’s jersey number?

Son Heung is clad in Tottenham Hotspur’s number7 jersey.

Which vehicle does Heung-Min own?

The star player travels in a £1,150,000 ($1,365,884) Ferrari LaFerrari.

Did Heung-Min Son have to do military service?

Yes. On April 20, the 27-year-old winger began his military training at the Marine Corps boot camp on the southern island of Jeju. Son won the gold medal for his nation at the 2018 Asian Games after earning an army exemption. Normally, a South Korean male must serve two years of military training.

“I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I really enjoyed it. Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it” says Son.

Why is Son excluded from serving in the military?

All physically capable men must serve 21 months in the military before turning 28 according to South Korean law. All Olympic medalists and Asian Games champions are exempt, though. At age 26, The 2018 Asian Games are Son’s second-to-last and best opportunity to avoid service.

Who is the idol of Heung-Min Son?

Cristiano Ronaldo

According to Son: “Cristiano Ronaldo has always been my biggest idol and I’ve grown up watching him when he was playing in the premier league. I still watch him on Youtube and he’s still my idol and one day I want to be like him. He is the greatest of all time.”

Quick Facts

Full Name Son Heung-Min
Birth Date July 8, 1992
Age 30
Birth Place Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Dongbuk High School, Seoul, South Korea
Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Son Woong-Jung
Mother’s Name Eun Ja Kil
Siblings Heung-Yun Son
Height 6 feet/1.83 m/183 cm
Weight 77 kg/170 lb.
Hair Color  Light Brown
Eye Color  Light Brown
Profession Soccer Player
Debut 2010
Net Worth $31.56 Million (£2.69 Million)
Salary $10 Million (£7.28 Million) Per year
Married No
Partner Single
Children None
Merch  Art PosterSon’s Korean Jersey
Social Media InstagramFacebook
Last Update  November 2022

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