“Football is everything in my life,” says Son Heung-min in Sonsational: The Making of Son Heung-min and that really comes across in the new 90-minute Amazon Prime Sport documentary released last month. The 28-year-old South Korean superstar lives for his career to the point where his new house is chosen in large part as it is closer to the Tottenham Hotspur training ground and because its swimming pool and gym aid his recovery, especially when he suffers from insomnia after night games. There is nothing much else in the house, thanks to Son’s father, Son Woong-jung, who exhibits a commitment to minimalism that Marie Kondo might deem unsentimental. If it does not help Son become a better footballer then out it goes. A former footballer who retired through injury, Son senior is single-minded: “Mine is a father’s heart that wants his son to focus on soccer.” He has guided the English Premier League star’s career from the start and he still does to the point where he wakes his son up for training every morning. Son shares that bed with a giant stuffed toy, proof that his image is as squeaky clean as his home. Son Heung-min gets emoji as Spurs launch Korean Twitter Anyone hoping for a warts and all insight into South Korea’s greatest export will be disappointed. This is not The Last Dance where Michael Jordan seemed to revel in winning at all costs , nor is it HBO’s recent Tiger , which captured the public rise, fall and resurrection of the golfer. There is no mention of the rumoured dalliances with K-pop starlets or his fight with Australian teammate Robbie Kruse during his time at Hamburg. Filming stopped before the infamous tête-à-tête with France skipper Hugo Lloris that was captured by the Amazon Prime Sport cameras. The biggest scandal is that he came back from South Korea’s ill-fated AFC Asian Cup trip to Qatar in 2011 with an extra 4kg on his frame, much to his father’s disgust. Son senior helped him lose it, just another unwanted extra that can be cut to make Son a better player. This English-language film is cut from a six-part South Korean documentary made in 2019, the year when Spurs went to the Uefa Champions League final and being within touching distance of the biggest moment in their history – and Son’s career. Spurs star Son worth US$1.8bn to S Korea economy We see Son’s journey from childhood in Chuncheon, where his father would pour hundreds of bags of salt onto the school field when it snowed so that he could mark out his training drills, to having his own school, Son Football Academy. Son’s brother, Son Heung-yun, runs the academy and gives an insight into the training with their father as children. Heung-yun, whose own career ended with injury, was unimpressed that his brother reached the Champions League final – “Yeah, but he lost.” Not that it bothers Son, who laughs that off, and the strict training. “I’ve never regretted playing football for a single day in my life,” he says. The Son Football Academy students get the same training that made their idol – ball juggling and dribbling ad nauseam, with youngsters spared shooting to protect their knees. Son is treated like a boy band idol by those youngsters and back in England where he is mobbed for autographs. K Pop stars and actors are his peers – we see him enjoying Korean food with friend Park Seo-joon and there is a touching moment where Son stops Park’s sleeve from dangling into sauce. Amazon’s Spurs documentary in ‘racist’ Son subtitle controversy As befits a footballer with boy band good looks, Son likes clothes. That’s one of the few things allowed in his home, although his father makes sure that he has a pair of functional ice trousers for faster recovery. When Son meets Arsenal legend Thierry Henry the pair talk football and fashion, though food is never far away. Henry loses a bet and has to pay for the pair’s Korean barbecue. The former Hamburger may have shed the pounds but Son has developed a taste for goals, passing the 100-mark for the club. ‘I’ve seen better’ – Arsenal legend surprised at Son’s Puskas Award win Filming ended before his finest individual moment – the goal against Burnley in December 2019 that won the Fifa Puskas Award last December – which was followed by record-breaking performances and him snapping up solo awards . If he keeps this up then there is much more to come for Son and there will be plenty of appetite for another documentary.