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Tottenham’s Son given South Korea’s top sporting honour

Son Heung-min was awarded South Korea’s highest sporting honour on Thursday after the Tottenham forward became the first Asian player to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

The 29-year-old was given the Cheongnyong Medal by President Yoon Suk-yeol before South Korea’s friendly against Brazil at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Son, dressed in a dark suit, walked into the packed stadium as the crowd cheered, with a banner reading: “We are living in the era of world-class Son Heung-min.”

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Spectators roared as the president clipped the medal on Son’s chest.

Previous recipients of the medal include two-time Olympic gold medallist figure skater Yuna Kim and golfer Pak Se-ri.

Son last month shared the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah of after both scored 23 Premier League goals in the recently concluded season.

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Yoon had congratulated Son for achievement on Facebook, it a “joyous occasion to be celebrated by the entire Asian football community”.

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