Leverkusen - A superstar in his homeland and a first-team regular for both club and country before his 19th birthday, Heung-Min Son is clearly no ordinary talent.

Reason enough for bundesliga.com to dig deeper and divulge ten little-known facts about the Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacker...

So how do you end up in Leverkusen if you were born in Chuncheon, South Korea on 8 July 1992? Simple really. Hamburg have a long-standing partnership with the Korean Football Association and it was through that programme that Son arrived in Germany in summer 2008. The then 16-year-old had to learn a new alphabet and a new language on top of his football training. Once settled in, Son's scintillating dispays for HSV caught the eye of several clubs, with Leverkusen winning the race for his signature.

Yet for all the headlines in recent years, Son's Hamburg success story very nearly didn't happen and after just a year the club was ready to call time on the deal. "I had to leave because I wasn't offered a new contract," Son told bundesliga.com. "After that I didn't have a club for six months. Then I played at the U-17 World Cup, where I scored three goals in five games. HSV wanted me back after that."

It's also easy to see why Leverkusen were so keen on recruiting the South Korean. He ended up making 70 top-flight appearances for Hamburg, during which he netted 20 league goals - 12 of which came in the 2012/13 campaign. A full South Korea international by the age of just 18, Son also played a key role in his country's passage to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but failed to prevent the Taegeuk Warriors' elimination at the group stage of the tournament.

Comfortable with either foot, fast as greased lighting and cool as a cucumber in front of goal, Son can play as a lone attacker, just behind the main striker or on either wing. His versatility has been a huge asset to Leverkusen, with Son admitting that he doesn't mind where he plays. "Whatever the coach tells me, I'll do," he said. "I don't have a favourite position. Wherever I play I'll always give 100 per cent.

In recognition of his growing status both at home and abroad, Hamburg chose Son to lead their advertising campaign ahead of the 2011/12 season. The attacker's face was plastered on over 500 oversize billboards spread around the port city, accompanied by the slogan "Take it easy, HSV only." On top of that, he was one of the models when the new kit was officially launched that season.

While the plaudits and increasing media attention are hardly surprising given Son's goalscoring exploits in recent seasons, the forward himself is quick to share the credit for his success. Son's father, Woong Jung - himself a former Korean international - was his first coach, guiding him every step of the way from his first tentative kicks in the back yard to long-range belters in the Bundesliga.

There aren't many teams Son has failed to score against since his arrival in Germany, but he's enjoyed playing against one team more than any other. In 2012/13, while still playing for Hamburg, he struck three spectacular goals against Borussia Dortmund (one in a 3-2 home win and a brace in a 4-1 victory in Dortmund). This hasn't changed since Son moved to Leverkusen, the South Korean netting the winner in 2013/14's 1-0 success at Borussia.

Like many a modern footballer, Son thrives on the direct contact with fans that social media allows. After launching his official Facebook page on 9 February 2012, the forward keeps his followers on their toes with regular updates about his activities, posting photos, videos, links and messages. On top of that, the new Leverkusen No7 has his own website and Youtube channel.

Despite his reputation as one of the most feared strikers in the Bundesliga, Son is a big softy at heart, and still lives with his family. "It's better for me when my mum's here," he told bundesliga.com. "She cooks for me and does everything for me. My dad's also very important, he always helps out." They will also accompany him on his move to Leverkusen: "They're definitely coming. Without my mum and dad, I wouldn't be where I am today."

While laid-back and funny off the pitch, 'Sonny', as he is fondly known among team-mates and fans alike, has something of a one-tracked mind on it. "I don't want to provide the most assists in a season, I want to be Bundesliga top-scorer. Maybe not right now, but certainly at some point in the future." Bundesliga defenders: you have been warned.