Tottenham Hotspur favourite Son Heung-Min won the all-important Gold medal at the weekend with South Korea taking a 2-1 victory over Japan following extra time in Saturday’s Asian Games Final.
The 26-year-old more than played his part in their success across the tournament and of course, it wasn’t just the lifting of the Trophy that mattered in this case, it was receiving an exemption from the two-year national military service that he was facing which would’ve interrupted his playing career.
With the Gold secured Son and his colleagues now no longer have to worry about that and he can continue smiling on the pitch for years to come.
With the September international break now in full flow, he’ll return to us in readiness for the Liverpool clash on Saturday, September 15 and following the win he took to social media to pass thanks on to fans who were backing him and the team for success this last week and a bit.
2018 Asian Game Winner 우리 팀원들 코칭스태프 또 우리 지원스태프 너무 감사하고 사랑하고 또 부족한 저를 정말로 빛나게 해줘서 너무 고맙습니다 주장으로써 처음으로 나간 국제 대회에서 이런 좋은성적을 낼수 있게 해줘서 너무나도 영광입니다 너무 많이 고생했고 진짜로 정말 진심으로 감사합니다 그리고 정말 저를 응원해주시는 팬분들 또는 전세계 축구팬분들 뭐라고 말씀을 드려야 할지 모르겠습니다 너무 많은 성원 너무많은 응원을 받아서 정말 많은 책임감 느끼고 감사하게 생각합니다 정말로 팬분들 덕분에 제가 금메달이라는거를 목에 걸수 있었습니다 저한테 평생 잊지 못할 추억 만들어주셔서 감사합니다 앞으로 대한민국을 위해서 대한민국 축구를 위해서 또 저 손흥민을 위해서 최선을 다해서 발전된 모습 보이도록 노력 정말 많이 하겠습니다! 감사하고 사랑합니다❤️ 금메달은 국민의 것입니다????
In fairness that meant very little to me on a first viewing but football.london have a translation for those interested.
“2018 Asian Games winner! Our team members, coaching staff and our support staff thank you so much. I feel so grateful for the support for our team. Thank you so much for making me really shine for the first time in my first time in this international competition. I really appreciate it very much. And I really do not know what to say to the fans or fans around the world who really support me. I do not know what to say. Too much support. Too many cheers. I feel very responsible and thankful. Thank you for making memories that I will never forget in my life for the future. For the future of the Republic of Korea, for the football of the Republic of Korea. Everything! Thank you and love. The gold medal is the people’s.”