Son Heung-min celebration: What is the meaning behind Tottenham star's camera gesture?

Son Heung-min Tottenham camera celebration 2021-22Getty Images

Son Heung-min has carved out a reputation as not only one of the Premier League's most prolific forwards, but as one of the top-flight's nicest people as well - and it is rare to see him unsmiling.

The South Korea international has formed a formidable strike partnership with team-mate Harry Kane, and is one of the most important members of the Tottenham team.

You might be familiar with the camera celebration Son does right after he scores a goal - but what is the significance of it? GOAL takes a look.

What does Son's camera celebration mean?

After Son hits the ball into the net, he often celebrates in the direction of the camera, shaping his fingers into the motion of pretending to take a picture with a camera.

Paired with his signature grin, it is a trademark celebration of the Tottenham forward.

Son explained his reasoning behind the celebration in an interview with Sky Sports, and the meaning behind his special camera celebration is incredibly wholesome.

"Maybe a year ago, I was thinking about what could be a special celebration," Son said.

"And then I tried to find one. The camera celebration is because if I score a goal, it's a good memory. It's like, I take a picture so I have good memories in my mind [of it]. I don't know if the people get it, but I think it's a good celebration. I don't know if I'll keep doing it, but we'll see!"

And then when asked about why he is so happy and smiling all the time, Son said: "It's because I love football. I love being here, and playing with my team-mates and with this amazing team."

Son, who joined Spurs in 2015 from Bayer Leverkusen, is well past a century of goals for the club and has impressed under a succession of managers in north London.

During the 2021-22 season, Son and Kane set a new Premier League record for the most goal combinations when they passed the previous landmark set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.