Hanoi T&T’s Thanh Luong wins third ‘Golden Ball’ in football career

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Hanoi T&T midfielder Pham Thanh Luong has won the 2014 Golden Ball award at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
The 27-year-old player, who also plays for the national team, won his third title in his career, sharing the record with Le Huynh Duc and Le Cong Vinh. Luong had won the title in 2009 and 2011.
He has contributed to help Hanoi T&T maintain its position as one of the best clubs in the country. 
He scored a goal for Vietnam at AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 and has been selected for the event’s dream team.
Luong also left a good impression for assisting Vietnamese fans who were injured by Malaysian hooligans in the semi-final first leg at Shah Alam Stadium at AFF Suzuki Cup 2014.
The Hanoi T&T midfielder was modest when talking about his new award.
“I think all players who contributed to Vietnam’s football deserve the title. I was only lucky and won more votes.”
“If I were a voter, I would vote for Van Quyet, my teammate at Hanoi T&T,” he said.
Winners of the annual award are selected by members of the Vietnam Football Federation and sports journalists. 
Van Quyet was awarded the Silver Ball 2014 while Becamex Binh Duong striker Le Cong Vinh, an ex-player of Hanoi T&T, won the Bronze Ball.
In the women’s category, Ha Nam’s Tuyet Dung won the Golden Ball.
“My unforgettable moment was when I scored the goal for Vietnam in a match against Thailand and bring the score to 1-2. But it was a pity that it did not secure a place for Vietnam at the World Cup,” Dung said.
Ho Chi Minh City goalkeeper Kieu Trinh won the Silver Ball and Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet of Hanoi won the Bronze Ball.
Another Ho Chi Minh City player, Le Hoai Luong, won the Outstanding Young Player aware in women’s category.
Meanwhile, Hoang Anh Gia Lai midfielder Tuan Anh won the Outstanding Young Player award, after winning more votes than his two U23 Vietnam teammates, Cong Phuong and Huy Toan.
Becamex Binh Duong’s Senagalese striker Cheik Abass Dieng won the title of best foreign player.

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