Tottenham Hotspur

South Korea star Son made 70k army donation before Asian Games win

6:41 PM GMT 30/10/2018
Heung-Min Son Tottenham 2018-19
The Spurs winger made a contribution before he earned exemption from military service thanks to his heroics with the nation's Under-23s

Tottenham and South Korea Heung-Min Son made a donation of around £70,000 to his country's armed forces prior to triumphing in this year's Asian Games. 

Son, 26, went into the competition with special motivation to succeed. 

Under South Korean law, all males under the age of 28 are obliged to undertake two years of military service. 

A special dispensation for sporting stars, however, meant that Son would avoid a potentially harmful interruption to his career if he led South Korea to victory in the Games. 

The winger duly complied, leading an Under-23 team to a 2-1 win in the gold medal match against Japan to land the top prize and win exemption from military services. 

And as a token of gratitude, it has emerged that Son donated a sizeable sum to the South Korean military prior to the tournament. 

"Son Heung Min called us by himself saying he'd like to make a donation for Korean soldiers and their families," Kookbangilbo, the army's official daily newspaper, revealed. 

The daily also quotes Son as telling the armed forces, "I have been always thankful for their service to the country. Please use the money for them."

Son has made 74 appearances for his country at senior level to date, scoring 23 goals and appearing at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. 

In Russia the Tottenham star struck in the 97th minute to cap a famous 2-0 victory over holders Germany for Korea, in turn condemning Joachim Low's men to an early exit. 

Sweden's triumph over Mexico in the other final match of Group F, however, meant qualification to the last 16 was denied to the Asian side, who repeated their first-round exit of 2014 this year. 

Son is now focusing on recovering his best form for Tottenham after his hiatus from domestic football caused by the Asian Games, which caused him to sit out a month of action at the start of the Premier League season. 

The player has made five appearances in the 2018-19 Premier League, including two off the bench, and is still looking to open his account after so far failing to find the net during the current campaign.