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The Very Bemused Reaction To Gianluca Vialli Winning The FAI International Personality Award

The Very Bemused Reaction To Gianluca Vialli Winning The FAI International Personality Award
By Gavan Casey Updated

The FAI's International Football Awards kicked off earlier this evening, with Robbie Brady and Big Jon Walters taking home the coveted Young International Player and Senior International Player awards respectively.

There were big wins, too, for QPR's Ryan Manning and Denise O'Sullivan, but when the dust settled in Dublin there was but one name on everyone's lips.

Weirdly enough, that name was Gianluca Vialli.

The former Juve and Chelsea midfielder picked up the FAI's International Personality award seemingly for no reason at all, and also was not in attendance at the awards, much to the confusion and amusement of those who tuned in.

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The news came as a real shock to those who were backing the also inexplicably nominated Allesandro Del Piero to pick up the famed prize, but despite Vialli's absence, his pre-recorded speech did indicate he was quite chuffed to win an award in a country where he has literally no involvement at either a footballing or societal level whatsoever.

Well, this barring his name turning up at the end of your mother's washing machine having been boiled off the back of a ragged Chelsea jersey from the '90s.

What a moment for the Italian, and we're already looking forward to Fabrizzio Ravanelli's acceptance speech from a yacht in Corsica next year.

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