Son Heung-min is in the shape of his life, and to go along with it he has a FIFA Puskas Medal.
At FIFA’s ‘The Best’ ceremony on Thursday, which honored his field-length dribble and score vs. Burnley in December 2019, the Tottenham forward received the award for the best goal in the world.
Son beat a pair of Uruguayans to win the annual award, with Flamengo midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta and then-Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. In an August Brazilian league match vs. Ceara, the former’s goal was a perfect bike kick from the top of the box, while the latter’s was an audacious and imaginative back-heel stomp vs. Mallorca, coincidentally on the same day as Son’s goal vs. Burnley.
The first South Korean to win the award, which has been giving out since 2009, his Son. With only Brazil (Neymar, 2011; Wendell Lira, 2015) fielding multiple champions, players from 11 nationalities have won in 12 years.
Son is currently in the golden boot mix for the Premier League, scoring his 11th goal of the season on Wednesday in Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Liverpool. He’s equal with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton across 13 games this season and is a major part of Tottenham’s run to the top of the table.