[Son Heung-min wins Ballon d'Or for 7 consecutive years, beating Ronaldo and Kim Min-jae 9th in total]

Son Heung-min won the Asian Ballon d'Or. Tottenham club SNS
Son Heung-min (Tottenham) beat Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) to win the 'Asia Ballon d'Or' for the 7th consecutive year.

Tottenham Hotspur congratulated Son Heung-min on the 17th (Korean time) by saying, “Son Heung-min beat Kim Min-jae and Ronaldo to win the Asia Ballon d’Or (Best Footballer in Asia award).”

Son Heung-min won the award 7 times in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) and stood tall as the best Asian player for the 9th time in his career.

Son Heung-min, who first won this award in 2014, has won the Asian Ballon d'Or every year except 2016. In 2016, Shinji Okazaki (Japan), who led Leicester City to the English Premier League (EPL) championship in the 2015-16 season, received the award.

The 'Best Footballer in Asia', also known as the Asian Ballon d'Or, is an award given annually by the Chinese media outlet 'Titan Sports'. Both Asian players playing in overseas leagues such as Europe and players playing in the Asian Football Confederation league are eligible as candidates.

Not only teammates such as Kim Min-jae, but also Ronaldo and Karim Benzema (Al-Ittihad), who play in the Saudi Arabian League, were nominated, but Son Heung-min beat his competitors by receiving 22.9% of the votes.

Kim Min-jae ranked second with 19.54%, and Ronaldo ranked third with 17.06%.

Tottenham said, “Son Heung-min, who endured a difficult finish in 2022, found himself again and scored 9 goals in the second half of the 2022-23 season. “In the match against Brighton in March last year, he became the first Asian player to reach 100 EPL goals,” he said.

He continued, “After being appointed captain following the appointment of coach Enze Postekoglou, he has been racing forward. Son Heung-min, who scored a hat-trick against Burnley in September last year, also scored his 150th goal for the club through his goal against Arsenal,” he said, applauding.

Tottenham said, “This season, Son Heung-min continues to score goals, recording 12 goals and 5 assists in 20 EPL games,” and added, “He is ranked 23rd among all-time top scorers with a total of 115 goals in the EPL. “He is currently serving as captain of the Korean national team in the 2023 Asian Cup,” he explained further.

Meanwhile, Son Heung-min was selected for the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup 'Klinsmann' in early January and is competing in the competition. Son Heung-min, who played against Bahrain (3-1 win) on the 15th, will play the second match of the group stage against Jordan on the 20th.

스포츠토토맨; https://www.sportstotomen.com

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Pub: 18 Jan 2024 00:25 UTC
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