Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has been named AFC International Player of the Year for 2019 (afc.com).
This is the third time that the South Korean has won the award, becoming the first player in history to do so.
The AFC splits their best footballer awards into two – one for the Asian players playing in Asia and another for the Asian stars playing in other continents. While Son won the latter, Sevilla striker Akram Afif, a Qatari forward who is currently on loan at Al Sadd, took home the former.
Son also won the honour in 2015 and 2017 and given that the AFC has a rule that the same player cannot win in consecutive years, the Spurs star was a shoo-in for the award this year.
The South Korean has continued to produce goals and assists for both club and country this year and thoroughly deserves the award. The 27-year-old has developed into one of the most potent attackers in Europe over the last few years.
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Sonny has become one of the most important players in the Spurs team alongside the likes of Harry Kane. Winning the award for the third time is certainly a huge achievement for him. If he goes on to lift some silverware with Spurs, Son will arguably finish his career as the greatest Asian player of all time.
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