Korea Republic

Son Heung-min wins third Korea Republic Male Player of the Year award

Seoul: Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min was named the Korea Republic male player of 2017 by the Korea Football Association (KFA) on Tuesday.

Son earned the honour at the annual KFA Awards. This is Son's third KFA Player of the Year accolade after 2013 and 2014. He is now tied with Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng for most top player awards.

He scored 168 points in a vote by football reporters and the KFA coaches, edging out Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors midfielder Lee Jae-sung, who scored 131 points. 

Lee is MVP of the K League Classic and the East Asian Football Federation E-1 Football Championship.

Son played in nine of 13 international matches for Korea Republic this year, and scored three goals. He was instrumental in Korea Republic qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

The 25-year-old was also impressive in the English Premier League (EPL). He netted 21 goals in all competitions for Spurs during the 2016-2017 season, breaking the single-season scoring record for a Korea Republic player in Europe, previously held by Cha Bum-kun, who had 19 goals for the German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the 1985-1986 season.

Son also surpassed Park Ji-sung to become the highest-scoring Asian player in EPL history with his 20th career goal earlier this season.

Lee Min-a was named the top female player of the year. This is the first time that she won the top honour.

In 2017, she scored 14 goals and made 10 assists in 28 matches to help her club Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels win the WK League title.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has six goals in 38 caps, also helped Korea Republic qualify for the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018. 

The Taeguk Ladies finished atop the qualifying campaign in Pyongyang in April over DPR Korea, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong and India.

Sources: Yonhap, Lagardère Sports, Korea Football Association​