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Will Besart Berisha taste A-League glory again?

He is set to be handsomely rewarded at Melbourne Victory, but what emotional and competitive price will the Albanian star pay?

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By Iain Strachan

It was a tearful Besart Berisha who said farewell to the Suncorp Stadium crowd after helping Brisbane Roar to their third and his second A-League title on Sunday.

Always an emotional character, those were more than mere histrionics we witnessed as the Albanian offered a heartfelt message of thanks to fans at Lang Park.

"Just amazing, you know," he told Fox Sports.

"I have such a good time here. And I finish like this, it's fantastic. Thank you so much, Brisbane, I love you so much. Thank you so much.

"With this team, everything is possible. Always, to the end, we always fight together. You know, the way we fought, we deserved (to win). Such amazing supporters. Amazing Queensland, thank you so much for all the good times."

After a nomadic existence in Germany, Denmark and England, the 28-year-old had finally found a home in the Queensland capital and it appears to be with a genuinely heavy heart that he is saying goodbye to the Sunshine State.

Berisha has claimed his move south is about the pursuit of silverware, not money, a party line he is obliged to stick to under the rules of football doublespeak.

But the best and most efficient way in Australia to collect trophies is to be playing in an orange shirt, and he knows that.

Unfortunately, simple economics dictate that the Roar, already paying the priceless Thomas Broich outside the salary cap as international marquee, cannot match the enormous pay packet on offer at Melbourne Victory.

And with only four or perhaps five more years left at his best, Berisha is duty bound to look after his own financial interests.

As he cast his eyes around Suncorp and took in the hordes of ecstatic Roar supporters, not to mention his own jubilant colleagues, it surely crossed his mind that a Victory side unable to get past the semi-finals in the last two years and set to undergo significant changes in the off-season may not offer him another platform to enjoy grand final glory again any time soon.

And even if they do, will the fiery former Arminia Bielefeld man develop the same emotional bond with the navy blue and white faithful?

The jury is out on both counts, making Sunday night's win one to savour for the reluctantly departing star.

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