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‘Not even a text!’ – Son and Vertonghen’s epic Puskas Award phone call

The South Korean picked up the ball on the edge of his own area during the 5-0 Premier League win before running through the entire Burnley team and slotting past Nick Pope.

Son beat efforts from Luiz Suarez for Barcelona and Flamengo’s Giorgian De Arrascaeta to win the Puskas Award.

The award, first established in 2009, is named after former Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas.

Son follows in the footsteps of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, James Rodriguez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mohamed Salah in claiming the award.

Jose Mourinho wishes Son well with a video message while Spurs legend Vertonghen – who technically got the assist for the goal by poking the ball to Son in the Spurs area – phoned up the forward to deliver plenty of laughs… and a few tears.

Son could not contain his glee at seeing Vertonghen pop up on his phone on a video call, though the Belgian did not sound impressed by the South Korean’s initial lack of thanks for his assist, drolly stating: “Not even a text.”

Son broke into fits of giggles, saying: “ I love it! I love it! Super Jan, what an assist!”

Vertonghen congratulated Son, with the latter giving his belated thanks: “Without you probably I would not score this goal” – to which Vertonghen added: “I don’t think so, of course not!”

There was then a tender moment as Son echoed the sentiments of many a Spurs fan by telling Vertonghen: “I miss you a lot, I’m serious,” with Vertonghen reciprocating and telling Son he is always welcome to visit him at Benfica.

Not a dry eye in the house among Spurs fans after that call…

Additional reporting by PA.

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