Son Heung-min, the 'overwhelming No.1' selected as Europe's best finisher for the past five years
Son Heung-min's goal-scoring ability, which he saw on record. He beat his teammates Harry Kane and Lionel Messi (Barcelona), as well as traditional goalkeepers such as Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) by a big point. He was by far the overwhelming No. 1 striker in Europe.
The British authority magazine Independent praised Son in an article under the title "How long can Son Heung-min surpass his xG?" on the 7th. The xG mentioned in this article is a statistic that has been translated as 'expected score' in Korea. It is a statistical calculation of the shooting location, difficulty level, and quality of pass, which is calculated by digitizing the probability of scoring in the shoot recorded by the players during the game. The higher the xG, the higher the probability of scoring, the higher the actual number of goals than xG, the better the player can be evaluated as a player with excellent decision-making power in difficult situations.
The article, which was written based on the data of "UnderStatcom," said Son Heung-min has scored 61 goals since August 2016 and scored 44.41 percent higher than xG, the highest among "European top 20 goalkeepers." In other words, he has been recognized for his decision-making ability in that he scored more goals in less opportunities.
According to the data, Son Heung-min scored twice as many xG excess points as Harry Kane (21.33%) and Lionel Messi (21.31%) who finished second. The article praised Son Heung-min's figure as "a record that is superior to any other elite striker you think of, as well as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo."
Son Heung-min has scored 61 goals since August 2016, and according to xG, 42 goals are appropriate. He scored 19 more goals, exceeding 44.41%. The table presented in the article drew attention as Robert Lewandowski, the "scoring machine" who won the 2020 FIFA Best Player Award, scored 134 goals, the second most after Lionel Messi (139 goals), but the xG was higher than this, indicating that the excess rate was minus (-).
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min has recently been mentioned in various European media as a candidate for Real Madrid, and his stock price has been rising day after day. This is why Europe is paying attention to Son Heung-min's next move at a time when negotiations with Tottenham have been sluggish.
[ Son Heung-min's scoring record since his professional debut ]
2009–10: Hamburg SV II: 1 point
2010-2013: Hamburg: 20 points
2013-2015: Bayer Leverkusen: 29 points
2015–Current: Tottenham Hotspur: 101 points
[ Son Heung-min's scoring record for the South Korean national team ]
2011: 1 point
2013: 4 points
2014: 2 points
2015: 9 points
2016: 1 point
2017: 3 points
2018: 3 points
2019: 3 points
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