Korean National Team captain Son Heung Min is going viral after defending his teammates in an interview.
On December 6, Korea’s Cinderella run at the 2022 Qatar World Cup came to an end. On this day, Korea’ National Team lost 4-1 to football powerhouse Brazil.
Despite the loss, the Koreans are celebrating the team’s strong outing at this year’s tournament, advancing into the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years.
Although every player on Team Korea did their best, undoubtedly the team’s captain, Son Heung Min, proved he was a world-class player when he drove the ball down the pitch before laying it off for Hwang Hee Chan, who scored in minute 91 of Korea’s winning effort against Portugal.
Son Heung Min’s leadership didn’t stop once off the pitch. After the team’s devastating loss to Brazil, Son Heung Min was interviewed by the international press. When asked why Korea didn’t play as well in their match against Brazil, the star striker immediately defended his team.
“I don’t want to blame any of my players because they gave everything. I’m very proud, very happy the young guys did an amazing job for the national team.”
— Son Heung Min
🗣️ "I don't want to blame any of my players because they gave everything. I'm very proud, very happy the young guys did an amazing job for the national team."
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) December 5, 2022
International and Korean netizens alike praised Son Heung Min for standing up for his players, proving the player’s worth as a captain.
this is one hell of a leader. he possesses SUCH great class and kindness. he’s played his heart out this world cup and not once given himself credit for doing so. and even after a tough game, recognizing how great his team did considering the circumstances. love this guy so much.
— joy’s baby⁷ (@taebubsy) December 5, 2022
And he is so right! Even though the dream ended today, no need for the South Korean team to question themselves! The Reds team did an awesome job during that World Cup and captured all our hearts. They definitely will come back even stronger in 4 years!
— Ayla (@Ayla_Popmusic) December 5, 2022
Korean netizens couldn’t help but heap praise on the star. Many netizens expressed how proud they were of the Korean team and thanked them for making this year’s tournament especially memorable.
- “He’s so cool. Don’t blame the players. They really did their best.”
- “He’s so cool.”
- “He’s the definition of a good captain. Captain Son.”
- “He’s a real captain.”
- “B@stards ㅠㅠ. Sonny is really cool.”
- “He’s a real captain. He’s really cool.”
- “Capatin Son is really cool.”
The World Cup may be over for Son Heung Min, but fans will still be able to root for his team Tottenham Hotspurs!