Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean forward Son Heung-Min is taking inspiration from his countryman Park Ji-Sung ahead of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final clash with Liverpool.
Son has been a key component in Spurs’ success this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, including four strikes en route to the Champions League final.
He will be following in the footsteps of Manchester United legend Park this weekend, who played in the 2009 final when the Red Devils lost to FC Barcelona.
Ahead of Saturday’s match at Atlético de Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Son spoke about his memories of the former South Korean star.
“He (Park) was unbelievable," said Son. "I respect him. I respect the players who started playing in Europe because they opened the door and gave us the opportunity to play in Europe. This was what I wanted to do – to play in Europe.
“And now I want to give a good image of South Korean players and open the door even wider than it was a few years ago.
“I got up and watched (the 2009 Champions League final) because Park was playing for United and he was playing in the final as well.
“This was so big in South Korea because he was the first (Asian) player who played in a Champions League final. United had arrived in the final. I was doing it as a football fan.
“Did I dream it would be me one day? Of course you are dreaming about good things. I am always dreaming about good things like winning something. Or being the best player."
Son’s Tottenham Hotspur side will be heading to the International Champions Cup 2019 this summer, where they’ll play Juventus in Singapore, Manchester United in Shanghai, China, and Inter in London, England.