Son Heung-min Becomes 1st Asian Player to Score 100 EPL Goals

  • By Chang Min-seok

    April 10, 2023 10:06

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday became the first Asian player to score 100 goals in the English Premier League.
    Son started Spur's home match against Brighton & Hove Albion in London and netted a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box in the 10th minute.
    Instead of his trademark celebration of pretending to take a picture with a camera, he pointed his finger to the sky in honor of his grandfather, who passed away early this month.
    Spurs won the match 2-1 after Harry Kane added a goal in the 79th minute.
    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal in a match against Brighton & Hove Albion in London on April 8. /AFP-Yonhap
    Son has become the 34th player in the EPL's history to reach 100 or more goals. He has scored 55 goals with his right foot, 41 with his left foot and four with his head.
    Among players from Asian Football Confederation member countries, Mark Viduka of Australia scored 92 goals while Son's compatriots Park Ji-sung and Ki Sung-yueng scored 19 and 15 respectively.
    Son achieved the career milestone in 260 league appearances since joining Spurs in 2015. He has also posted 50 assists, making him one of only three active players who have recorded at least 100 goals and 50 assists in the EPL along with Muhammad Salah (132 goals and 54 assists) of Liverpool and Raheem Sterling (113 goals and 58 assists) of Chelsea.
    Son's teammate Harry Kane is the top scorer among active EPL players with 206 goals in 312 matches, but has posted 45 assists.
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