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Son joins Park as leading Asian scorer

23 Oct 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool

Spurs midfielder establishes himself as most prolific player from the continent after matching Man Utd winger's 19 PL goals

Son Heung-min not only became Asia’s leading Premier League goalscorer on Sunday, but he also established himself as the most prolific player from the continent to grace the competition.

The South Korea international scored Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal in their 4-1 victory over Liverpool, equalling Park Ji-sung’s total of 19 PL goals, the most scored by any Asian players to feature in the League.

Top Asian scorers in Premier League
Player Country Goals
Son Heung-min South Korea 19
Park Ji-sung South Korea 19
Ki Sung-yueng South Korea 13
Shinji Okazaki Japan 12
Lee Chung-yong South Korea 8

Son, who set an Asian record for most goals in a single season 2016/17 (14), has taken 70 matches to match Park’s Premier League haul, 40 of which have been starts.

His average of a goal every 185 minutes is by far the best goal ratio of any player from Asia.

It betters former Manchester United winger Park's 500.5, who is not even in the top five.

After Son it is Ji Dong-won (318), Shinji Okazaki (340.2), Shinji Kagawa (415.8) and Adranik Teymourian (452).

Son may get the chance to surpass Park's total at his compatriot's former stomping ground, when Spurs visit Old Trafford on Saturday.

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See: Son – 'It was a perfect afternoon'

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