Striker Nguyễn Anh Đức is considered a “magnate” of Vietnamese football. Not only has he achieved a lot on the field – the most important thing for a professional footballer – he has also been a success in his business dealings.

Nguyễn Anh Đức performs at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018. VNA/VNS Photo

Star striker Đức inspires young footballers

13/01/2019

Striker Nguyễn Anh Đức is considered a “magnate” of Vietnamese football. Not only has he achieved a lot on the field – the most important thing for a professional footballer – he has also been a success in his business dealings.

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Playing for V.League 1’s Becamex Bình Dương since 2006, Đức has helped his team win the national premiere league in 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2015; the National Cup in 2015 and 2018; and reach the semi-finals of the AFC Cup in 2009. He won the Vietnamese Golden Ball award in 2015 as well as the Vietnamese Silver Ball award in 2017. He was top scorer in the top flight in 2017.

At the age of 33, Đức helped Việt Nam lift the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 after 10 years of waiting.

Thanks to his contribution, Đức won the Silver Ball award. The Golden Ball went to midfielder Nguyễn Quang Hải of Hà Nội T &T who also shone at the region’s biggest football event.

Đức, the oldest player for Việt Nam at the AFF Cup, scored four goals for Việt Nam during the tournament, including a vital strike in the second leg of the final with an unstoppable left-footed volley to down arch rivals Malaysia on December 15.

“The moment we lifted the AFF Suzuki Cup at the Mỹ Đình Stadium, Ha Noi, was the most memorable of my career. I was really very happy to help Việt Nam take the regional title after 10 years,” said Đức.

The night, many fans shared a moving video of Đức trying to find his mother, shouting: “Where are you? Where are you?”

“When my friends showed me the video, I was in tears. I often experience his feelings and worries despite the fact he is a man of very few words,” said Đức’s mother, Phạm Thị Minh Phượng.

“I will die one day but I have no regrets. My son has grown up and achieved his dream,” said Phượng.

“It surprised me that at the age of 33, my son could still be part of this miracle,” Phượng added.

With age comes wisdom

People often say life begins at 30. But in football, the age of 30 marks the beginning of the end.

Former star Phạm Thành Lương, who was a member of the squad that won the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, announced his retirement following a poor performance at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 at the age of 28. Lương won the Vietnamese Golden Ball in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016, alongside a Silver Ball in 2010. Striker Lê Công Vinh, who was widely regarded as one of the country’s best strikers, announced his retirement at the age of 31.

Source: Vietnamnews.vn

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