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Premier League Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min receives hero's welcome home

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Tottenham Hotspurs' Son Heung-min poses with the Premier League Golden Boot award after entering Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport, May 24. Yonhap
Tottenham Hotspurs' Son Heung-min poses with the Premier League Golden Boot award after entering Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport, May 24. Yonhap

With the shining Golden Boot in tow, Tottenham Hotspur's Korean star Son Heung-min received a hero's welcome on arriving home Tuesday.

Son arrived at Incheon International Airport where dozens of fans were waiting to celebrate his historic Premier League scoring title.

In the season finale Sunday, Son scored twice in the second half of a 5-0 win over Norwich City, finishing tied for the league lead with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool at 23 goals. In the top English competition, the Golden Boot is shared by multiple players with the same goal total, with no tiebreaking procedure.

Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Incheon International Airport, just west of Seoul, May 24. Yonhap
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at Incheon International Airport, just west of Seoul, May 24. Yonhap

Son is the first Asian player to lead the Premier League in scoring. Son netted all 23 goals without the benefit of a penalty, and he finished strong down the stretch with a dozen goals in his final 10 games.

There will be very little rest for Son, who will report to national team training camp next Monday to prepare for friendly matches in June.

Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur holds the Premier League Golden Boot trophy after arriving at Incheon International Airport, just west of Seoul, May 24. Yonhap
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur holds the Premier League Golden Boot trophy after arriving at Incheon International Airport, just west of Seoul, May 24. Yonhap

As part of buildup to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November, Korea will host Brazil June 2, Chile June 6 and Paraguay June 10. The Korea Football Association is looking to schedule another match June 14, likely against an African team.

Son, the longtime national team captain, is just two matches away from playing in his 100th international match and joining the Century Club. (Yonhap)





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