Son Heung-min nominated for 2019 Ballon d’Or

October 22, 2019


Son Heung-min[AP=연합뉴스]

South Korean football star Son Heung-min has been nominated for the world’s top player award for 2019.

Son was the only Asian player on the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or Award, presented by “France Football” magazine to recognize the top footballer each year. The list was announced in Paris on Monday (local time).

Son scored some key goals to lift Tottenham Hotspur to their first UEFA Champions League final this year, and he ranked second on the team behind Harry Kane with 12 goals in the Premier League.

Son will be up against UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk and a pair of five-time Ballon d’Or winners, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.

Son is the third South Korean to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or, after former Anderlecht forward Seol Ki-hyeon in 2002 and ex-Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung in 2005. There were 50 candidates in those years, and neither Seol nor Park earned a vote from international journalists.

The award ceremony is Dec. 2 in Paris.