South Korean football star Son Heung-Min recently lit up social media after he embarrassed a racist Chilean midfielder during their match on Tuesday.
A day before the “friendly” game between South Korea and Chile, Diego Valdes of La Roja, the Chilean national football team, made a racist “slant-eyed gesture” while posing for a picture with a fan.
— 너진짜나쁜아이구나 (@1MZyr9y5RqOvuFF) September 10, 2018
After the image went viral and caused controversy, Valdes posted an apology on social media, writing:
“In relation to the photograph that has appeared on social media, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended.”
Diego Valdes issues this apology on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/FoSS11w9KU
— Matias Grez (@matias_grez) September 10, 2018
Instead of responding on social media, forward Son Heung-Min seemingly decided to use his skill to somehow exact revenge at the derogatory gesture.
In the opening minutes of the game, the 26-year-old pulled off one of the most outrageous nutmegs in recent memory at Valdes’ expense.
Son outmaneuvered Valdes by performing the sensational move after an impressive pull back — and the internet can’t get enough of it.
Ending racism one nutmeg at a time. Son 🔥 https://t.co/JfobXnD3Ba
— Chanse Ward (@chanse_ward) September 11, 2018
“Ending racism one nutmeg at a time,” wrote one netizen on Twitter.
Heung-Min Son just killed a man. 😱
Probably the best nutmeg you’ll see all season. pic.twitter.com/8F6puMMiUq
— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) September 11, 2018
Another Twitter user called the move “the best nutmeg you’ll see all season.”
Filthy nutmeg from Son..😱pic.twitter.com/lYJdMagGnR
— Football Planet (@FoootballPlanet) September 11, 2018
It is worth noting that this is not the first time a South American team was involved in a controversy against a South Korean club.
Colombia’s Edwin Cardona made a similar gesture toward South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yeung in November last year. For his racist act, FIFA penalized Cardona with a five-game ban.
Featured image via YouTube/Ultimate Skills