Leverkusen - After enjoying a breakthrough year in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV and earning himself a move to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, forward Heung Min Son has been recognised as the South Korean Footballer of the Year.

The 21-year-old finished top of a poll comprising votes from 200 journalists as well as officials from the South Korean Football Association.

‘Great honour’

With preparations for die Werskelf’s first game of the second half of the season in full swing, the youngster wasn’t able to collect the prize in person, but couldn’t hide his delight when making an appearance at the award ceremony in Seoul via a video call. “It’s a great honour for me,” said Son, who has become a superstar in his homeland as a result of his performances for both club and country.

Since joining Leverkusen in the summer, Son has been directly involved in 14 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions and currently sits just behind Sidney Sam and Stefan Kießling in the club goalscoring charts. With South Korea preparing to make an appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, bigger things will be expected of Son, who already has 22 caps to his name, but based on current form the youngster should have no problem rising to the challenge.