Son Heung-min Becomes 1st Asian Player to Win Golden Boot
May 22, 2022
LONDON, UK—South Korean football sensation Son Heung-min becomes the first Asian player to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot after ending the season with 23 goals, despite no penalty goals.
Son scored twice in Tottenham’s 5-0 win at Norwich on the final day to end the season to match Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah—who also tallied 23 goals. Both men shared the 2021-22 Premier League Golden Boot award.
Amazingly, none of Son’s 23 goals were from penalty kicks, while five of Salah’s were, reports FanNation Futbol.
In Sunday’s game at Norwich, Son scored both goals using his right foot, which is said to be his “stronger foot.”
However, the South Korean sensation actually scored 12 left-footed goals and 11 with his right foot, according to FanNation Futbol.
South Korea is the 13th nation to provide the Premier League with a Golden Boot winner, after England, Holland, France, Argentina, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Bulgaria, Gabon, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay, Trinidad, and Tobago.
“It’s incredible to have this award,” Son told the BBC after the match. “I can’t believe it. I got really emotional. I dreamed of it as a child. Literally, it’s my in hands. I can’t believe it.
“Until my goal, I was really frustrated that I missed big chances. I told the players I missed the easiest chances and scored one of the toughest tones. I didn’t give up. I wanted to score today. The team helped me a lot at half-time. They wanted to help me, you could see it today.