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Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League match against Watford. Photo: EPA

Fifa 22: Tottenham star Son Heung-min celebrates rating ahead of release

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  • South Korea striker shares his new card on social media after sitting out 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace with injury

South Korean international footballer Son Heung-min has celebrated his new improved rating on the upcoming Fifa 22 video game in a social media post ahead of the game’s release next month.

Son, who missed out on playing for his English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur as they lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace on Saturday after picking up an injury while on international duty during last week’s Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, posted an Instagram story on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract to stay in North London this summer, posted a video of him doing his famous framing celebration and his new Fifa 22 card.

“New rating!!” Son wrote as the caption with the hashtag “Fifa 22” and tagging the official EA Sports Fifa account. Son also mentioned The Ratings Collective, the fan-assisted data review aspect of the long-running game franchise.

The Ratings Collective announced that there would be reveals of the players’ updated ratings for the new season from today, though Son appears to have been allowed to share his earlier than even the official game account.

A number of player ratings have been leaked throughout the summer ahead of the new game being released on October 1 with Son’s card being discussed by fans of the game on Reddit and social media.

Aside from being updated from an 87 overall rating to 89 overall, Son has reportedly been given a five-star skill rating and a five-star weaker foot, making him one of the most talented players in the game.

A clue to his updated skill rating – up from four-star in Fifa 21 – came in the form of him performing one of the game’s new skill moves in the trailer video.

Son has featured heavily in the Fifa 22 pre-launch campaign though he missed out on becoming the game’s cover star to Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe.

While the South Korean skipper, who recently celebrated reaching five million followers on Instagram, sat out this weekend, his international teammate Hwang Hee-chan made a scoring start to life in the English Premier League.

Hwang netted for Wolverhampton Wanderers on his debut as they secured a 2-0 win away at Watford.

It is not clear how long Son will be out injured ahead of his side’s key London derbies against Chelsea next week and Arsenal the following weekend.