Good news from the Asian football confederation! The AFC is holding its annual awards event today in Hong Kong and for the third time in his career, Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min has taken home the award for AFC International Player of the Year!
Sonny previously won the award in 2015 and 2017. Since it is apparently a rule that he can only win in odd numbered years, he was a shoo-in for the trophy today. And honestly, there’s nobody else that’s even close to Sonny in 2019 — it’s well deserved.
AFC splits their Best Footballer awards into two — one for Asian players playing for teams within the AFC federation, and one for those who are playing elsewhere (hence “International” player of the year). While Sonny won the International award, Akram Afif, a Qatari forward owned by Sevilla but currently on loan at Al Sadd, took home the the Player of the Year award this year.