Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min scores against Borussia Dortmund in the Uefa Champions League at Wembley Stadium, London in 2019. Ph...
|Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min scores against Borussia Dortmund in the Uefa Champions League at Wembley Stadium, London in 2019. Photo: Xinhua|
It is no secret that Son’s father – a former pro footballer in South Korea whose career was cut short by injuries – was a major influence in his development and success. Son senior uncompromisingly tailored his children into becoming professional athletes having learned the ropes himself.
Local reports include 10-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week dribbling and juggling drills as a teen (often with a heavy hand, his father conceded) and the unconventional but deliberate delayed introduction of passing and shooting drills until the true ball-control basics were completely mastered.
|South Korean striker Son Heung-min in military uniform saluting during a basic military training completion ceremony at a marines boot camp in Jeju island in 2020. Photo: AFP|
“With Harry [Kane] and me, there’s no jealousy. We want to improve. We want to help the team. I think that’s the most important thing. Harry is doing an amazing, amazing job,” Son told BT Sport.
|South Korean striker Son Heung-Min with the ball against Burnley in an English Premier League match in February. Photo: AFP|