LONDON (AFP) - Son Heung-min has been congratulated by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot, as his club Tottenham Hotspur announced on Tuesday (May 24) they would play a pre-season friendly against Sevilla in Suwon on July 16.
Son on Sunday became the first Asian footballer to be the English top flight’s leading scorer with 23 goals, with President Yoon calling it a “joyous occasion to be celebrated by the entire Asian football community”.
“I believe this award is the result of your passion after having devoted yourself and worked endlessly for your team all season,” Yoon said in a message to Son, posted on Facebook.
Son’s achievement was “a message of hope” for South Koreans during the Covid-19 pandemic, Yoon said, adding that he was looking forward to watching Son lead South Korea at the World Cup in Qatar in November and December.
Tottenham’s final match of the season against Norwich on Sunday was aired live in South Korea, kicking off at midnight and ending at 2am Monday.
“I was too happy and excited even when I was lying in bed, so I couldn’t sleep,” one posted online.
“This season’s Son Heung-min uniform will be our family treasure from today,” another added.
Tottenham enjoy a large fan base in South Korea and the club will play two matches in the country on a pre-season tour of Asia in July.
Tottenham will face the K-League All-Stars in Seoul on July 13 and Sevilla FC three days later in Suwon, 45 kilometres south of Seoul.