Luong, a former member of the national team, who also plays for Hanoi FC, beat four nominees in the category to take the title.

 Thanh Luong (middle) receiving the fourth Golden Ball. Photo:

“I want to express my deep gratitude to the leaders of the Vietnam Football Federation, Hanoi FC, my teammates and all fans who strongly supported me in practicing and competing during the whole year. I promise to do my best to national football,” Luong said in his acceptance speech.

Previously, Luong secured the Golden Ball in three years of 2009, 2011 and 2014.

The Silver and Bronze Balls went to young midfielder Luong Xuan Truong of Incheon United and striker Vu Minh Tuan of Quang Ninh Coal, respectively. Truong also received the most favorite player of 2016 award.

Huynh Nhu of the Ho Chi Minh City team won the Golden Ball for the female players and her club mates Chuong Thi Kieu and Dang Thi Kieu Trinh grabbed the Silver and Bronze Balls, respectively.

Translated by Chung Anh