Arguably one of the sweetest guys in the ever-competitive world of football, Son Heung-min endured one of the most emotional moments of his career on 3rd November. During Tottenham Hotspurs' visit to Goodison Park over the weekend, Son was handed a red card for his sliding tackle on Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.
While the 79th-minute challenge saw the Spurs forward getting the marching orders from the referee, it led to a fracture dislocation of the right ankle of the Portuguese international. On one hand, where Gomes was stretchered off in agonising pain, Son was overwhelmed with emotions and appeared inconsolable before heading down the tunnel.
Following the freak injury, Gomes has undergone successful ankle surgery and has been released from the hospital. The South Korean star, too, had some respite from an independent panel that overturned his red card following an appeal by Spurs. Despite his red card being overturned, Son was doubtful for the UEFA Champions League group clash against Red Star Belgrade owing to his fragile psychological state.
But, the South Korean international didn't just show up in the Spurs' jersey, but scored two brilliant goals to seal a 4-0 victory for Mauricio Pochettino's men. And, that was not all. The 27-year-old's touching gesture for injury-stricken Gomes, once again, proved why he is not only considered a prolific footballer, but also a great human being.
Giovani Lo Celso opened the scoring for Spurs in the 34th minute during the Group B clash on 7th November. And, 12 minutes into the second-half, Tanguy Ndombele led a quick counter-attack feeding Dele Alli who played it off to his left for Son to smash it into the top-left corner past Belgrade goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
Son scores a goal and celebrates by still apologizing for that Andre Gomes tackle. A class player.pic.twitter.com/haMKg9kRr9— Owuraku Ampofo (@owuraku_ampofo) November 6, 2019
But, rather than celebrating his goal, Son went straight to the camera and clasped his hands together to make a praying gesture - a unique celebration that he admitted was out of respect for injured Gomes. Four minutes later, the Spurs forward scored his second goal of the night to cap off a brilliant performance at the Red Star stadium.
Son scores a super goal and goes to the camera and says sorry down the lens, presumably aimed at Andre Gomes. Nice touch.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 6, 2019
Following their 4-0 win, thanks to the 85th-minute goal by Christian Eriksen, Son, who is understood to have sent Gomes a personal message earlier this week, revealed: "I didn't want to celebrate because I just want to respect the situation. I wish Andre Gomes to get well soon and best wishes".
Son Heung-min after @crvenazvezdafk - @SpursOfficial about Gomes: It was a really, really tough few days. I realised how lucky I am to have the supporters, my friends, my teammates – everyone gave me such strong messages. pic.twitter.com/LEhBF0SKdi— Telegraf Sport (@TelegrafSport) November 7, 2019
Speaking for the first time about the incident, he confessed the emotional aftermath of Gomes' sickening ankle injury has been difficult to cope with. "It was a really, really tough few days. But everyone gave me such strong messages. I can say I'm really sorry for the accident and the situation but I had to focus for the team and I had to keep going and it was the right response to all the people who have supported me. I realised how lucky I am. The supporters, friends and teammates," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.