Tottenham Hotspur sensation Son Heung-min has told The Guardian in an extensive interview that he is looking to mirror Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of work ethic to become the best.
The 26-year-old has been in stunning form for the north Londoners this season. He has had a hand in 25 goals during his 36 league and cup appearances. Scoring 16, he has created nine.
The 72-cap has seriously improved since Mauricio Pochettino gave him a break in November. Following a gruelling summer with South Korea at the World Cup, Son missed the start of the season to take part in the Asian Games.
He then took part in the Asian Cup in January in order to avoid military service. Son was given a break and has starred since, and he spoke of how he wants to mirror Ronaldo’s determination on the training ground.
“I know that being a professional is about more than talent,” Son said. “It’s like my idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, who actually works more than the talent he has. I see many players who don’t have the mentality, who think that talent is enough. But it’s not. It’s the things you are doing extra.”
Son has a long way to go if he wants to match the standard Ronaldo continues to put out. This season, the Portuguese star has scored 21 goals and created 12 more in 35 games. He is 34 years of age.
However, Son is certainly improving and like Ronaldo, works tirelessly. His hard work is paying off, as the South Korea international has never been more important to Spurs.
But he still has a long way to go to reach the talent of his “idol”.