Son Heung-min (Tottenham) was named the “100 Best Players and Managers of the Year” by ESPN, a sports media outlet, for the second consecutive year in a row. Son Heung-min, who was selected as the winger last year, finished seventh in the forward category this year.
ESPN announced on its website on the 3rd (Korea time) that “the FC 100 was announced to set the rankings of the best players and coaches of the year at the end of 2020,” adding, “With the coach, the players also selected the top 10 players in each position, from goalkeepers to strikers.”
Son was ranked seventh in the top 10 forwards who shone in 2020. Son Heung-min was ranked fifth in the winger category in last year’s selection, so he was thrilled to be selected as the “ESPN selected FC100” for the second consecutive year. Regarding Son, ESPN said, “If we pick a player who has grown under the leadership of Jose Mourinho this year, it will definitely be Son Heung-min,” adding, “Since Mourinho took over last year, Son Heung-min and his attacking partner Harry Kane have been an unstoppable combination. “If Son doesn’t assist Kane, Kane will assist him,” he said.
“Son Heung-min scored four goals against Southampton in the second week of the season’s opening. In December last year, he scored a goal that beat six opponents in Burnley, and he was nominated for the Puskas award.
ESPN cited Son’s best performance this year as being selected as a player in October of the English Premier League (EPL. It was the first time in two years and two months for Tottenham to be selected as the EPL player of the month since Lucas Moura in August 2018.
Lionel Messi of Barcelona topped the forward category for the second consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) was in second place last year, but fell to third place after being defeated by Kylian Mbappe (PSG). Roberto Lewandowski of Bayern Munich topped the list of strikers. Kane ranked fourth in the striker category.