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Tottenham's Son grabs Asian award

Son Heun Mi

South Korea's Son Heung-Min was named the Asian International Player of the Year at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards in Bangkok.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger beat the likes of Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy of Australia and Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa of Japan.

Son had an outsanding season for both Spurs and Taeguk Warriors.

This is the second time that 25-year-old is winning the AFC honour.

He had previously won it in 2015 ahead of countryman Ki Sung-Yueng and Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo.

Son helped Tottenham finish second in the Premier League last season where he scored a record-breaking 14 goals and helped in seven assists from 34 starts.

In the process, he also broke the single-season scoring record for a South Korean in Europe, beforehand held by Cha Bum-Kun who had 19 goals for the German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the 1985-1986 season.

He also played a vital part to help his national side qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup, the Asian nation's tenth campaign and Son's second, having played in 2014.

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    Story first published: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 13:54 [IST]
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