Report: Heung-min Son wins fifth consecutive Best Footballer in Asia award

Heung-min Son
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Tottenham forward Heung-min Son has won the Best Footballer in Asia award for a fifth consecutive year and the seventh time overall, according to ESPN. 

Son, 29, enjoyed another strong year at the head of the Spurs line-up, scoring 17 goals in the calendar year of 2021. 

He also held a key role as the South Korea captain to help his side maintain their unbeaten start to the final qualifying stage for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. 

The Best Football in Asia award was created in 2013 and uses the opinion of 37 experts from the Asian Football Confederation, as well as 13 guest judges who vote for their top five players in the calendar year. 

ESPN has revealed that Son has scooped up the award for 2021 having received 31 first-place votes, which sees the Spurs man retain the prize for the fifth year in a row. 

Son claimed the award as a clear winner with 242 points ahead of Zenit Saint Petersburg and Iran forward Sardar Azmoun (111 points) and Porto’s Mehdi Taremi (90 points). 

Spurs Web Opinion 

No surprises here really. It was another good year for Son despite having to play in underperforming Spurs sides under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo for parts of it. Hopefully, a positive 2022 can see him retain it for another year. 

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