December 03, 2019 11:04
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur has been named the Asian International Player of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.
Son won the honor for his performances for his country as well as his European club throughout the year, at the AFC's annual awards ceremony in Hong Kong on Monday. He also won the award in 2015 and 2017.
Lee Kang-in of Valencia CF, who won the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland in June, received the Youth Player of the Year award, while national youth team head coach Chung Jung-yong, who led Korea's runner-up finish at the tournament, was given the Coach of the Year award.
On the same day, Son ranked 22nd among 30 contenders for the prestigious Ballon d'Or, which honors the best player in all European leagues. He was the only Asian player nominated this year and became the highest ranked Asian footballer in the Ballon d'Or history.
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona won the honor this year for the sixth time.
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