Victor Lindelof.

United's Lindelof wins second Golden Ball award

Tuesday 12 November 2019 08:48

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has won the Swedish Golden Ball award – given to his country’s best player – for the second successive year.

The Guldbollen, as it is referred to in Sweden, was first handed out in 1946 and it remains a prestigious prize in Scandinavia, with the list of previous winners featuring some stellar names. 

That includes the legendary goalscorer Henrik Larsson, who was given the award in 1998 and 2004, while playing for Celtic and Barcelona, prior to his successful 2007 loan move to Old Trafford. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic also enjoyed an incredible 11-year stint as the prize-winner, that began in 2007 while playing for Internazionale and continued throughout his spells at Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and, of course, United. 
“I am proud and grateful to have received this award two years in a row," said Victor.
Experienced centre-back Andreas Granqvist ended Ibra's run in 2017, before Lindelof took home the trophy in 2018, following his debut season at Old Trafford. 

Victor's latest success follows his second campaign as a Red, in which he made 40 appearances, scored once and finished in second place behind Luke Shaw in the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year voting. 

Upon receiving the Golden Ball on Monday evening, Lindelof told TV4: “I am proud and grateful to have received this award two years in a row. It means that I have done something good and that people have liked it.
“It is hard to explain. I am very happy and proud. Now it will be even more hard work, I have many years left in my career and may be able to take home some more. 

“As a player, you don't go around thinking about it, you just do the best for your team, then you become happy when they call and announce that you've got the prize. It means a lot.”

Victor was also presented with the Defender of the Year award on Monday.
  • Victor Lindelof Player Profile

  • Defender
  • Shirt number2
  • Appearances197
  • Goals 3
  • United debut8 Aug 2017 v Real Madrid (N)
  • BirthplaceVasteras , Sweden
  • Birthdate17 Jul 1994

Lindelof is among the United players who are currently away on international duty, with the 25-year-old set to feature on Friday evening when Sweden face Romania. 

Victor should also be involved in Monday's home international against the Faroe Islands.

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