June 10, 2022 11:54
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur flew 223,637 km for 300 hours to play in 172 matches for his club and the Korean national team over the last three seasons, according to the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro).
In comparison, his teammate Harry Kane appeared in 159 matches but spent significantly less time in the air, traveling 86,267 km with 123 hours of flight time.
"Whilst Kane's England matches were all played within Europe, Son had to travel to Asia and other continents to play for [Korea]. Even though Son had fewer national team appearances, he still accumulated 2.5 times more kilometers during his trips than Kane. Even more alarming is that Son spent 300 hours (more than 12.5 days) in transit over the last three seasons, and this is only counting international, cross-border trips!" FIFPro said.
But Son doesn't seem troubled by the issue, which has been brought up repeatedly. "All the Korean players in European leagues do the same," he told reporters in November last year. "I'm glad because it means I’m needed here and there."
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