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‘Korean Ronaldo’ may interrupt his career due to military service

'Korean Ronaldo' may interrupt his career due to military service 2

‘Korean Ronaldo’ may interrupt his career due to military service

Son Heung-min is called Korea’s Cristiano Ronaldo by his hometown fans, with the nickname `Sonaldo` from his time playing for Leverkusen in Germany.

At the beginning of this season, Son was in very impressive form, contributing greatly to Tottenham’s achievements.

Son Heung-min has five goals through five appearances for Tottenham this season.

In total, Son scored five goals in five appearances in two major arenas since the beginning of the season.

Before the age of 28, Son will have to serve in the military for a maximum of 21 months, unless exempted under a special regime.

South Korea is one of the countries with the harshest military service laws in the world.

Famous rapper MC Mong was accused of intentionally delaying his military service by pulling his teeth.

But Korean players can be exempted from military service if they contribute greatly to the high achievements of the national football team.

'Korean Ronaldo' may interrupt his career due to military service

Korea’s military service law applies to all young men in the country, and Son is no exception.

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng had to miss the final match of last season’s Premier League to begin four weeks of military service.

Former Man Utd star Park Ji-sung and former Tottenham player Lee Young-pyo were both exempted from military service after the Korean team unexpectedly reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Men’s soccer gold medal at the Asian Games (Asiad), or the Asian Cup championship are also achievements recognized for exemption from military service.

Son can also find ways to circumvent the law, but doing so will be subject to public criticism and his career will be seriously affected like some entertainment stars.

'Korean Ronaldo' may interrupt his career due to military service

Cases of avoiding military service like Park Chu-young have become thorns in the eyes of the Korean public.

Son’s career may not be interrupted right at its peak, if there are political changes.

Son Heung-min grew up from the youth line of Hamburg Club, Germany, making his Bundesliga debut in 2010. In 2013, he moved to Leverkusen.

Son’s achievements at clubs:

2010-13: Hamburg (73 matches, 20 goals)

2013-15: Leverkusen (78 matches, 26 goals)

2015 to present: Tottenham (45 matches, 13 goals)

Nguyen Phat

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