Son Heung-Min Says He Suffered Racist Abuse In Germany, Talks 'Revenge' At 2018 World Cup
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Son Heung-min has opened up on the racist he suffered in Germany and spoke of the 'revenge' he exacted at the 2018 World Cup.
Son left his home nation of South Korea to move to Europe in 2008, joining Hamburg's youth academy on an international exchange project.
But he impressed the German club who signed him on a permanent deal the following year. He spent four years at Hamburg before switching to Bayer Leverkusen.
Recalling his stint in Germany, the 29-year-old revealed the racism he was subjected to whilst plying his trade in the Bundesliga.
Speaking at a fan event in Seoul, he said: "I moved to Germany when I was young, and went through so many really difficult, unimaginable moments.
"I faced a lot of racism. And while going through such a really difficult time, I had a lot of thoughts on my mind I should get my revenge one day."
Well, Son was able to get 'revenge' following South Korea's famous victory over Germany at the 2018 World Cup.
He scored in his side's 2-0 win over Germany to knock them out of the tournament.
"When people cry, I’d (usually) want to comfort them and give them a hug," added Son.
"But watching German people cry, (I felt) I was able to take revenge by doing something I like."
Son enjoyed two years at Leverkusen before Tottenham came calling, snapping him up for £22 million in 2015.
Unfortunately, the world-class forward has also faced racism in England.
But the sickening abuse appeared to have no impact on Son, who enjoyed the best-scoring campaign of his career last season.
He bagged 24 goals in all competitions and shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah.