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Delpierre leaves Victory as club champ

  • Delpierre leaves Victory as club champ

    GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Matthieu Delpierre of Melbourne heads the ball during the round 14 A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Melbourne Victory at Simonds Stadium on January 8, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Retiring defender Matthieu Delpierre has provided Melbourne Victory with one final reminder of what they'll miss next A-League season by winning the club's best and fairest award.

Delpierre, 35, was awarded the Victory Medal on Saturday night in emphatic fashion.

He polled 73 votes to finish well clear of striker Besart Berisha in second place with 41 votes and Kosta Barbarouses with 38 votes in third.

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The towering defender polled votes in 21 of 26 games played this season and was judged as Victory's best afield 13 times.

He leaves the club at month's end after two seasons in the A-League at the end of a meritorious career.

In addition to his A-League title won last year, he claimed the German title with Stuttgart in 2007.

Coach Kevin Muscat and assistant Rado Vidosic decided the award, voting after each match.

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