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Son Heung-min appreciates fans waking up at 4 a.m.

May 30,2019
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min is very aware that hundreds of thousands of Koreans will be waking up at 4 a.m. Sunday morning to watch him play in the Champions League in Korea.

Son told the Guardian that he vividly remembers waking up early to watch the Champions League when he was younger, especially in 2009 when Manchester United legend Park Ji-sung became the first Asian player to appear in the final against Barcelona.

“It was so big in South Korea because Park was the first Asian to play,” Son told the Guardian. “I watched it as a football fan and, of course, you are dreaming about good things. I am always dreaming about good things like winning something or being the best player.”

Son is appreciative of the fact that some of his Korean fans will be waking up before 4 a.m. to watch him play this weekend.

“It’s a late kick-off in Korea, or rather an early time in the morning, so I’m really grateful for every single bit of support,” Son said. “It’s not that easy. I did it a few times when I was a child. You go to sleep early and you wake up at four o’clock or whatever. Some people have to go to work. So I’m really grateful to the people who get up. I respect them. That’s why I always give 100 percent.”

By Jim Bulley