This argument that Son has made it and plays football at a higher level than Karimi because Son gets regular play for Tottenham is ridiculous. First, Son plays for Tottenham, a club that does not deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bayern Munich let alone compared to say that they are on the same level. Quite frankly the team Karimi played for was stacked in the midfield and the German captain was playing the same position as Karimi. There was no way he was going to be preferred to start over Ballack no matter what. Second, Karimi didn't have the same luck that Son has every other week with Harry Kane consistently being injured because Ballack wasn't consistently injured. Third, Tottenham played a system with 3 strikers (see picture below) which continues to give Son triple the opportunity to start games compared to Karimi. Considering up until recently Tottenham didn't even have more than 3 strikers in their whole squad, Son was basically guaranteed a fixed spot in the lineup. As would any other player who would have been in the squad instead of him. And lastly, Karimi played for the more prestigious Bayern, because he is simply much more talented than Son. Which is why Son still has not been able to play for a real top club. He is in a great position at Tottenham where they have 2 strikers filling 3 attacking positions in their preferred formation. He would not be able to find that luck anywhere else.
Perhaps Karimi would have made it big in Spurs but again we are going back to my original point; he is simply not proven in top flight football. It's all ifs and buts. this is not my opinion but fact. How come other clubs didn't sign him?
This spurs team may not be Bayern Munich and as an Arsenal fan you can imagine how much I hate their guts but hey the made it to Champions League final and Son played a pivotal role it.
Similar to Karimi, Daei made it to a top club Bayern because he was a top player. Unlike Son who has not been able to make it to a top team.
This is Daei's resume in Top flight football::
Years Team Apps(Gls)
1997–1998 Arminia Bielefeld 25(7)
1998–1999 Bayern Munich 23(6)
1999–2002 Hertha BSC 59(6)
This is Son's:
Years Team Apps(Gls)
2010 Hamburger SV II 6(1)
2010–2013 Hamburger SV 73(20)
2013–2015 Bayer Leverkusen 62(21)
2015– Tottenham Hotspur 164(59)
Are you suggesting Hertha of 1999 is better than Spurs? come on man the stats speak for themselves.
Yes Mahdavikia is one of the best midfielders in German football history and he will always be remembered as breaking one of their most prestigious records. Son played for Hamburg and could not match that achievement. He hasn't broken the assist or goals record in the Epl either.
Kia as good he was I wouldn't rate as 'Best midfielders in German football history' unless you are shortlisting over 15-20 midfielders that played in Bundesliga.