The South Korean forward earned a share of the top scorer award on the final day of the 2021-22 season. The halftime speech Antonio Conte delivered to the Tottenham team before he was awarded the Premier League Golden Boot has been made public by Son Heung-min. Over the previous seven years, Spurs have constantly benefited from Son’s outstanding instincts in the final third, and 2021–22 was his strongest season to date in terms of goals and assists. The South Korean scored 23 goals in the Premier League to tie Mohamed Salah of Liverpool for the Golden Boot, but only after a thrilling final day.
Dejan Kulusevski’s goal gave Spurs a 1-0 lead at halftime against Norwich on May 22 as they sought to clinch a fourth-place finish, but Son was still behind Salah in the scoring rankings. However, the 29-year-old scored twice in the second half as Tottenham defeated Arsenal 5-0 to advance to the Champions League. He has now revealed how Conte assisted him in winning his first Golden Ball title. “I was happy to be awarded, but I was much happier because the team-mates were also delighted. The boss didn’t consider it, he just focused on the Champions League,” Son has told a press conference in Korea. “But he spoke at half-time to the team to help Sonny to score and to get Golden Boots. To be honest, I was a little anxious because I didn’t have chances to score, but I cheered up after he said that. “When Lucas Moura and Steve Bergwijn substituted in, they said they will help me score. It was not easy as we are team-mates as well as competitors. I was really happy for them.”
The forward has to move up to a bigger club, according to the son’s father, who recently asserted that he has not yet attained a level of world-class play. The Spurs talisman acknowledges that he cannot be categorized as an elite player, but he is open to any opportunities that can arise in the future. “I can’t say anything because it is his opinion. I don’t think I am not world class, either,” says Son. “There is not a discussion like this for real world class players. I need to go higher. I agree with him.”