Matthieu Delpierre voted Victory’s best in Asia


The accolades keep coming for retired Melbourne Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre, who has been voted the club’s 2016 AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player.

Delpierre was a clear winner of the award, polling 25 votes to win by 11 from captain Carl Valeri and forward Kosta Barbarouses, who was a further vote behind in third place.

The votes for the ACL MVP were independently cast on a 3-2-1 basis by head coach Kevin Muscat and assistant coach Rado Vidosic after every ACL game, including the Round of 16 matches.

Delpierre, who also won the 2015/16 Victory Medal and TAC Players’ Player of the Season award, polled votes in all but one of the eight games Victory played in Asia’s premier club competition.

Valeri’s second-place finish was impressive given he only made four ACL appearances after returning from illness in April.

AFC Champions League MVP

1. Matthieu Delpierre (25 votes)
2. Carl Valeri (14)
3. Kosta Barbarouses (13)
4. Besart Berisha (9)
5. Danny Vukovic (8)