Heung-min Son has admitted that he used to support Manchester United while he was a child due to the presence of South Korean icon Park Ji-Sung.
While a number South Korean stars have graced the Premier League over the years, including former Spurs man, Lee Young-pyo, Park was probably the first superstar from the nation as a result of his exploits at Old Trafford.
In his time at Old Trafford, Park won a number of honours including four Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League.
Son admitted that the former Man Utd man served as an inspiration to him and his fellow countrymen for what he achieved in English football.
The Tottenham player, who is now one of the biggest celebrities in his home country, admitted that he now considers Park to be a friend.
When asked by Pro:Direct who he supported as a youngster, the 29-year-old said: “Manchester United because obviously Ji-sung was playing.
“He’s a national hero. In Korea also they would say he has two hearts. He’s a national hero for me. He’s a good friend of mine.
“He offered to the players from South Korea [the way to play], he gave us hope and the opportunity.
“It’s not easy, you know, he was the first one that played in the Premier League. So I was supporting United, but I can’t now!”
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Son’s words demonstrate exactly why having him at Spurs is huge for the club from a commercial point of view. Thanks to him, millions of young South Koreans would have started supporting Spurs for the last few years.
As we have seen with fandom, there is a good chance that many of them will continue to be Tottenham fans for the rest of their lives even after the 29-year-old departs.
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