|Vietnamese striker Nguyen Cong Phuong
The Vietnamese forward’s excellent performance in the AFC Cup comes after Cong Phuong has only recently returned to Vietnam after playing abroad for Incheon United in the Republic of Korea and Sint Truidense FC in Belgium. His returned is expected to excite fans and see him display his extensive talent as a member of Ho Chi Minh City FC.
The forward has netted twice during his side’s ongoing AFC Cup campaign, scoring in matches against Yangon United FC of Myanmar and Hougang United of Singapore, helping the Vietnamese club to top Group F with four points from two games.
The article goes on to call him the Messi of Vietnam, stating, “Thanks to the stunning form of striker Nguyen Cong Phuong, the Vietnamese side managed to score three goals, one of them was scored by Cong Phuong himself. It was the second goal for the Vietnamese Messi in two matches as a player of Ho Chi Minh City FC.”
“At 25, Cong Phuong has been dubbed the Vietnamese Messi due to his dribbling skills as well as scoring many goals similar to the Argentine striker”.
“When Ho Chi Minh City FC announced the signing of Cong Phuong from Sint Truidense, people said that it was just a way for the Vietnamese side to market themselves.
However, the Vietnamese Messi has proved that he is capable of returning to his best form and becoming an integral part of Ho Chi Minh City FC this season.”
The article also mentions a mistake by goalkeeper Tien Dung, adding, “meanwhile, the game with Hougang United was a match to forget for goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung, who has just signed a US$350,000 deal with Ho Chi Minh City FC. He committed a foul that led to a penalty in the second half.”