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Andrea Pirlo wins Serie A player of the season for second straight year he’s had a beard

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At the age of 34, Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has won the 2012/13 Serie A player of the season award at the Gran Gala del Calcio. This is the second straight year Pirlo has won the award, which is decided upon by his fellow members of the Italian Footballers Association. Prior to last year, he had never won the award before. Clearly this proves the sheer power of his beard, which he also did not have before last year.

From UEFA.com:

"I really value this award because my footballing colleagues vote and it's very nice to be selected by your peers," the 34-year-old Italian international said after receiving the award for the second consecutive year. "They do the same job as me and they see better than anybody else what happens on the pitch."

Let's recap. This year, he had the beard and he won the award (pictured above).

The year before...

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He had the beard (though he didn't have it for the 2011/12 season) and he won the award.

The 15 years before that?

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No beard, no award.

The lesson here should be obvious. Since the gala is held seven months after the end of the season they're judging, the members of the Italian Footballers Association are actually just voting for the facial hair they currently admire most.

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