Richarlison sends message to Tottenham team-mate Son Heung-min after helping Brazil beat South Korea

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‘You are a hero to your people!’: Richarlison sends heartfelt message to Tottenham teammate Son Heung-min after helping Brazil knock South Korea out of World Cup

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Richarlison sent a heartfelt message to Tottenham teammate Son Heung-min in the aftermath of Brazil’s 4-1 draw against South Korea.

The Spurs duo took on their respective nations in Monday night’s last-16 game, which saw the Seleção advance with ease.

Richarlison was again at the forefront for Brazil and scored a superb team goal. He comforted Son at the final whistle, hugged the South Korean winger – who was having a rough night – and later wrote him a message on Twitter.

Son Heung-min's South Korea was eliminated from the World Cup by Richarlison's Brazil

Son Heung-min's South Korea was eliminated from the World Cup by Richarlison's Brazil

Son Heung-min’s South Korea was eliminated from the World Cup by Richarlison’s Brazil

He wrote, “I know how hard you fought to be here and that is why you are a hero to your people.”

Son is worshiped in South Korea and carried the weight of a nation on his shoulders.

Richarlison’s comment about how hard his 30-year-old club-mate had worked to be in Qatar undoubtedly referred to Son playing through the pain barrier.

Before the tournament, Son missed three games for Spurs because he broke an eye socket and underwent surgery.

The Tottenham pair embraced full time after the last 16 knockout match in Doha

The Tottenham pair embraced full time after the last 16 knockout match in Doha

The Tottenham pair embraced full time after the last 16 knockout match in Doha

He wore a protective face mask for all of South Korea’s matches, but understood that there were serious risks of further injury from any impact to his face.

Unsurprisingly, Son was unable to perform at his best and failed to score in Qatar, but Paulo Bento’s side at least managed to progress through the group, thanks to a win over Portugal in their third game.

Spurs fans read the mutual respect between their two attackers on social media.

Club loyalty meant little in the 90 minutes, with Richarlison going hard on Son

Club loyalty meant little in the 90 minutes, with Richarlison going hard on Son

Club loyalty meant little in the 90 minutes, with Richarlison going hard on Son

The attacker wore a face mask to protect himself after breaking an eye socket

The attacker wore a face mask to protect himself after breaking an eye socket

The attacker wore a face mask to protect himself after breaking an eye socket

One wrote, “That Spurs bond for life for Sonny and Richarlison,” while another posted, “Thanks for tweeting this, hurt for Sonny, proud of you.”

Son will now be able to heal properly and take a well deserved rest to be ready for the return of the Premier League after Christmas.

Richarlison’s World Cup dream lives on as he prepares for a quarter-final against Croatia on Friday.