Heung-min Son is content with the quiet life at Tottenham as he is happy not being Messi or Ronaldo.
Son a South Korean international, is an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and probably one of the first names on the team sheet.
He is a favourite with the supporters of the Lillywhites but is happy to fly under the radar when it comes to recognition and notoriety.
The three-time Asian Footballer of the Year winner was the most expensive Asian player in the world when he joined Spurs for 30 million Euros back in 2015.
Son made his name in the Bundesliga with both Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen. But has really seen his stock rise since the move to the Premier League.
In an interview with Goal and DAZN, he discusses his ambition and life in the Premier League.
Son was asked if he lacked ambition, he said:
“No, not at all. I’m not like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“I can only do my best and try to help the team with it. If I can do that, I will be happy.”
He has enjoyed the challenge of having to adapt to the difference between the Bundesliga and the English Premier League.
“The Premier League is different.”
“I do not want to compare this with the Bundesliga, because the Bundesliga has great quality, but in the Premier League everything goes faster and is much more physical.”
The change wasn’t easy, and he even doubted himself at times.
“At the beginning, I played and also scored some goals.”
“Unfortunately, I injured myself and it was difficult to find a connection to the team again.”
“I did not get any more games and wanted to go back to Germany because I felt very comfortable there.”
“But the coach has always encouraged me. He was the right coach for me in this situation.”
Even though he has had the inclination to move on from Spurs for another challenge, his relationship with manager Pochettino was a key in him committing to the North London club.
“I said I’d like to leave the club, but he really wanted me to do well at Tottenham. He gave me new self-confidence. ”
“The talks went so well that at some point I pushed aside my thoughts of change.”
While he admits it will be tough, he still believes he can win trophies with Tottenham and has not given up on even catching Liverpool for the Premier League title this season.
“What counts for people are titles. We have been close to winning a title so often. I hope that the time has finally come.”
“Liverpool will certainly lose points. I would not say that they play at a different level.”
“I definitely do not want to give up. There are also 10 points to catch up. Especially if you look at how many games are left to play. Everything can happen.”