Former Crystal Palace and Newcastle United midfielder Darren Ambrose has backed Tottenham forward Heung-min Son to make a push to win the Ballon d’Or in the next two seasons.
The South Korea international has been on an upward trajectory since joining the club for £22 million in the summer of 2015.
Son enjoyed his most productive campaign in a Spurs shirt last season, netting 17 goals and recording 10 assists in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has formed a deadly partnership with England captain Harry Kane, who both set a league record of 14 goal combinations in a single season, breaking the feat held by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95.
While a lot of the attention gets given the way of talisman Kane, Son has often stepped up in his absence through injury in previous seasons, becoming the leading man in the Spurs attack.
That has led to former Premier League midfielder Ambrose forming a compelling argument as to why Son could soon earn the crown for the world’s best player.
Ambrose told talkSPORT: “Heung-Min Son is one of two world-class players for Tottenham Hotspur, along with Harry Kane, when Harry doesn’t play, Son always steps up.
“Last five years he’s scored above 18 goals, last season 17 goals 10 assists, year before 11 goals 10 assists. Look at the players that have won it, Ronaldo, Messi. Luka Modric won it, so why not? Why can’t he win the Ballon d’Or?”
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Son has deservedly put himself in the conversation for one of the most prestigious awards in football. If he continues to put in these performances for Spurs and even for South Korea should they qualify for the World Cup next year, there could be a big argument made for him to be in contention of a Ballon d’Or shout.
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