Spurs' Son Heung-min Needs 4 Goals to Claim European Scoring Record for Korean

  • By Chang Min-seok

    September 18, 2019 11:12

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur is closing in on the record for the most goals by a Korean player in all European leagues.

    His double in a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace in London last Saturday brought his career tally in Europe to 118. The goals were also his first and second of the season, which came after sitting out the season's first two English Premier League matches due to a suspension following a red card late last season.

    Spurs have four more matches this month, against Greece's Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League on Thursday, Leicester City in the EPL on Saturday, Colchester United in the Carabao Cup on Sept. 25 and Southampton in the EPL on Sept. 28.

    Cha Bum-kun (left) and Son Heung-min /AFP-Yonhap

    Son needs four more goals to break the record currently held by Cha Bum-kun, who scored 121 goals while playing in the German Bundesliga from 1978 to 1989.

    Son already holds the record for the most goals in a single season by any Korean player in Europe. He scored 21 times in 2016-17, breaking Cha's 31-year-old record of 19 goals.

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