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Tottenham’s Son makes history with Golden Boot win as club secures Champions League spot

Tottenham's Son makes history with Golden Boot win as club secures Champions League spot

With a brace in Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City on Sunday, Son Heung-min won the Premier League Golden Boot for the first time in club history.

The South Korean international started the day with 21 goals, one fewer than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who was only fit enough to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the bench.

Son moved onto 22 Premier League goals before doubling his tally on the day to go clear of Salah with Spurs already 3-0 up and cruising to fourth place and a place in the Champions League.

Salah, on the other hand, would come off the bench against Wolves at Anfield to score Liverpool’s second goal and force another Golden Boot tie in the 2021-22 season.

Son became the first Asian player to win the Premier League Golden Boot in the process, and the 29-year-old admitted that he had dreamed of such a moment since he was a child.

“It’s incredible to have this award. I can’t believe it. I got really emotional. I dreamed of it as a child. Literally it’s my in hands. I can’t believe it,” Son told BBC Sport at Carrow Road.

“Until my goal I was really frustrated that I missed big chances. I told the players I missed the easiest chances and scored one of the toughest tones. I didn’t give up. I wanted to score today.

“The team helped me a lot at half-time. They wanted to help me, you could see it today. This season was a great lesson. Next season we can look forward to the Champions League. Everyone deserves to be there.

“Conte gives us so many different things. Before he came here nobody believed we’d reach the Champions League. It’s really heavy [the trophy], I wasn’t expecting that. It was a great, great day for me.”

Spurs manager Antonio Conte revealed that securing the individual honour for Son was a secondary objective in Sunday’s game as Tottenham sealed a return to the Champions League in style.

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