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Thanh Luong makes a record with fourth Golden Ball

Updated at Friday, 06 Jan 2017, 09:23
The Hanoitimes - Midfielder Pham Thanh Luong, who also plays for Hanoi FC, surpassed young midfielder Luong Xuan Truong of Incheon United and striker Vu Minh Tuan of Quang Ninh Coal to win the Golden Ball as the best male player for 2016.
During the award ceremony held in HCM City on January 4, midfielder Pham Thanh Luong won his fourth Golden Ball as the best male player for 2016, making national football history.
 
Pham Thanh Luong (centre) wins the Golden Ball Award.
Pham Thanh Luong (centre) wins the Golden Ball Award.
Midfielder Pham Thanh Luong, a former member of the national team beat four nominees in the category to take the title.
Luong had a highly successful year in 2016. The midfielder was one of key players for Hanoi FC as they won the V.League title. His club also ranked second at the National Cup.
The 28-year-old and his team played in the Super National Cup against Quang Ninh Coal and lost the game narrowly in a penalty shoot-out.
He was a regular member of the national team before he announced his retirement last month after Vietnam’s failure at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup.
Earlier, midfielder Luong won the Golden Ball in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Luong was groomed at a training centre in Hanoi. He was called to the national team in 2008, the year when Vietnam won their only AFF Cup thus far.
He played 72 matches and scored six goals for the national team. His achievement ranks behind striker Le Cong Vinh (83 matches and 51 goals).  
The silver was belonged to young midfielder Luong Xuan Truong of Incheon United, while striker Vu Minh Tuan of Quang Ninh Coal grabbed the bronze.
Midfielder Luong Xuan Truong bagged the most favourite player of 2016.
The Golden Ball for the female players went to Huynh Nhu of the HCM City team. Her club mates Chuong Thi Kieu and Dang Thi Kieu Trinh secured the silver and bronze, respectively.
This year, the organising board honoured futsal players for the first time. Tran Van Vu won the top title, followed respectively by Nguyen Minh Tri and Nguyen Bao Quan.
With their outstanding performance in both local championships and at the national level, the Thai Son Nam Club dominated the game.
In other categories, Gaston Merlo of SHB. Da Nang was voted the best foreign player of the year. The striker has recently granted Vietnamese citizenship. His Vietnamese name is Do Merlo.
The best young male player title went to Vu Van Thanh of Hoang Anh Gia Lai while Le Hoai Luong won best young female player award.
Translated by Thu Minh
Source: VNE
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