Three winners of the Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards 2017 (from left) Dinh Thanh Trung, Dang Thi Kieu Trinh and Phung Trong Luan. (Credit Photo:

The most important award, the Vietnamese Golden Ball 2017 for best football player of the year, went to 30-year-old midfielder Dinh Thanh Trung of Quang Nam FC.

The central Ha Tinh province-origin footballer played a key role in Quang Nam’s victory in the 2017’s V-League (keeping his stable professional tactics, scored 10 goals and created ten successful movements), as well as helping the national team during the Asian Cup 2019 qualification rounds (has been appointed team captain).

Trung received the highest score of 498 points during the nomination. Meanwhile, the first and second runners-up were Nguyen Anh Duc (33, Becamex Binh Duong - 285 points) and Nguyen Quang Hai (21, Hanoi FC - 88 points).

In the female category, goalkeeper Kieu Trinh (33, from Dong Thap province) won best female player for the third time, after helping her HCM city women's team claim its third successive national women's football championship, as well as helping the national women's football team to bring home gold from the SEA Games 2017.

The Silver Ball for a female player went to Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung (25, Ha Nam team), while the Bronze Ball belonged to Huynh Nhu (27, HCM city team).

In addition, the organizers also presented the Golden ball award for the best futsal player to Phung Trong Luan (33) from Thai Son Nam club. Luan and his teammates came third in the AFC Futsal Club Championship 2017.

Doan Van Hau (19) of Hanoi FC won Young male player of the year, while Nguyen Thi Van (21) won young female player. Claudecir Dos Reis (29) of Quang Nam won best foreign player for scoring 12 goals for his club. The key player of the national squad and Hoang Anh Gia Lai team Nguyen Cong Phuong (23) was awarded the most favoured player.

Hosted by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper since 1995, Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards is an annual event for the country’s best football players during the previous year. It is widely regarded as the most prestigious trophy of Vietnamese football./.