Son Heung-Min shortlisted for 2019 Ballon d’Or

The list for potential Ballon d’Or winners was announced with 30 names included on it. With players such as the World Cup Golden boot winner Harry Kane missing from the list his teammate Son Heung-min was included. 

Son impressing in a mixed 2019 

Recent reports suggest that Son's time in North London could be nearing its end but for now he is a Spurs player. This being said it has been an intriguing 12-months for his club and the Korean international.

This was seen as it began with his country exiting the Asian Cup at the Quater-Finals stage to the eventual champions Qatar. He then returned to his club helping them to a Champions League Final and a place in the competition the following season by finishing fourth in the league.

Since these big events, the fortunes for his club and country have been very different as South Korea have not lost since that defeat over Qatar.  Meanwhile, Tottenham has won only three of their nine league matches this season.

This as seen coach Pochettino place at the club put into question, while talk continues of the big players departing. One of those big names is Son himself as reports suggest he is becoming increasingly frustrated in his time at the club.

Although it is clear the Korean attacker still cares as when his side went one down at the weekend to Watford his thoughts on the matter where clear. It was seen as cameras caught his emotions as he was seen swearing from the bench in scenes we love to see.

Then when he did enter the pitch he hit the woodwork and his passion and desire to play for the shirt is something that makes him a fan favourite among the clubs faithful.

These great displays in an inconsistent side have clearly not gone unnoticed which is why we have seen him named in the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. It would be a huge shock if he was to collect the award but what an achievement it is for his name to be included.

Full list of players shortlisted

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Alisson (Liverpool)

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Donny van de Beek (Ajax)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

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