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Christian Petracca sets new record to win Norm Smith Medal

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Melbourne ace Christian Petracca's record-breaking AFL Grand Final has been rewarded with the coveted Norm Smith Medal.

Petracca, best-afield in the Demons' 74-point Grand Final triumph over the Western Bulldogs, collected 40 disposals.

No player in any Grand Final has had more disposals.

The brilliant Petracca eclipsed the previous record of 39 set by Brisbane's Simon Black in 2003.

Petracca gathered 21 kicks and 19 handballs, with 24 contested possessions and two goals.

The 25-year-old also registered nine clearances, 11 inside 50s, four tackles along with a whopping 15 score involvements.

"It feels like a dream," Petracca told the Seven Network before being named the winner of the medal. "What we set out pre-season, off-season, to get this club back to where it should belong - for just every fan that is watching back home, we bloody did it."

Petracca is the first Melbourne player to win a Norm Smith medal since the best-afield gong was initiated in 1979.

In his acceptance speech, the mercurial midfielder dedicated his medal to Melbourne's long-suffering fans, most of whom were unable to attend the Perth premiership decider because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

"To these boys, an unbelievable job," Petracca said while gesturing to his teammates. "We said it from the start, we wanted to be here. And to the fans here firstly, thank you. And to the fans back home, we did it, baby."