From the right: Ho Van Y, Huynh Nhu and Nguyen Van Quyet. Photo: Mai Anh

Results of voting for the categories of the Vietnam Golden Ball Award 2022:

Men's Golden Ball: Nguyen Van Quyet (Golden Ball), Nguyen Tien Linh (Silver Ball), Nguyen Hoang Duc (Bronze Ball).

Women's Golden Ball: Huynh Nhu (Golden Ball), Tran Thi Thuy Trang (Silver Ball), Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (Bronze Ball).

Futsal Golden Ball: Ho Van Y (Golden Ball), Khong Dinh Hung (Silver Ball), Chau Doan Phat (Bronze Ball).

Outstanding young male player: Khuat Van Khang.

Outstanding young female player: Vu Thi Hoa.

Outstanding foreign player: Rimario Gordon.

In the men’s category, Quyet of Hanoi secured the honour for the second time before the first in the 2020 edition of the award.

In the previous season, striker Quyet brilliantly shone in the domestic leagues with nine goals. He captained Hanoi to take a hattrick of titles: V.League 1, National Cup and National Super Cup. He received MVP of the V.League 1 award. At the national level, he took silver with Vietnam at the AFF Cup 2022.

Striker Nguyen Tien Linh of Becamex Binh Duong earned the Silver Ball and midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc of Viettel, last year's winner, won the Bronze Ball.

In the women’s category, Nhu, now playing for Portuguese Lank FC, earned the fifth Golden Ball in her career, fourth in a row.

Last year, the Lank FC striker balanced the record for the most Golden Ball awards won by a female player, previously held by Doan Thi Kim Chi and Pham Thanh Luong, who also won four awards in the male category.

According to Huynh Nhu, 2022 was a special year for her, as she had her first opportunity to test her skills in the European football environment in Portugal. The Golden Ball Awards ceremony organized by SGGP is a wonderful opportunity for Nhu to reunite with the media, her former teammates from the HCMC women's football club, and the national women's football team.

"The win in the Vietnamese Female Golden Ball 2022 was a long journey that I have relentlessly strived for and put forth a great deal of effort to achieve my goal. I do not think about breaking the record because every award received at the awards ceremony is extremely precious. I would like to express my sincerest and deepest gratitude to the coaching staff, my teammates at HCMC Women's Football Club, Lank FC, and the national women's football team, who have supported me throughout the past year, especially to Coach Doan Thi Kim Chi, a mentor, an older sister, and a shining example for me to follow and learn from," said Huynh Nhu.

Huynh Nhu expressed that the five players who were shortlisted for the Vietnamese Female Golden Ball 2022 were all highly deserving, considering the efforts and hard work they had put in over the past year to bring glory to Vietnamese football.

"This not only serves as motivation, but also as a great source of pressure for players to work even harder to maintain their achievements. I believe that this is the real challenge. When you are at the top and want to maintain a good record, it requires a lot of training and effort," she said.

The Silver Ball went to Tran Thi Thuy Trang and the Bronze Ball to Nguyen Bich Thuy, both from HCM City.

For fulsal players, goalkeeper Ho Van Y of Thai Son Nam won his second Golden Ball in a row. Khong Dinh Hung of Sahako and Chau Doan Phat of Thai Son Nam grabbed the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball, respectively.

Khuat Van Khang of Viettel and Vu Thi Hoa of Hanoi were honoured as the best young male and female players of the year. Meanwhile, Jamaican forward Rimario Gordon of Binh Duong was the best foreign player of 2022.

The Golden Ball title was first given in 1995 to the nation's best male player by Sai Gon Giai phong newspaper. It then opened to women; young men and young women plus foreign footballers and futsal players.

The award ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on February 25 evening.

Thien Binh