The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season is almost over but it is safe to say it will be one of the most memorable seasons ever filled with shocks, upsets and the unthinkable happening…Leicester City have now been crowned Champions!
If you asked anyone at the start of the season who would win, most people would’ve had their money on the big 4 teams, previous season winners Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal or Man Utd. In fact it is 21 years since any team other than Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United won the top-flight title.
Leicester City had just narrowly avoided relegation last season by 6 points so they were an outside bet, in fact at the start of the season Leicester City had the odds of 5,000/1 to win the title, so anyone that put a bet on and did not cash out early will have a nice tidy sum.
Match Of The Day presenter and footballing legend Gary Lineker jokingly promised to get his kit off in December if his boyhood club went on to win the Premier League title as even then he still thought it was so unlikely, let’s see if he keeps his word.
One player who has had the lion’s share of the spotlight is of course striker Jamie Vardy who scored in eleven consecutive Premier League matches, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, and was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year.
Vardy is the first Leicester player since Gary Lineker in the 1984–85 season to score 20 goals in the top division of English football and his transfer value has risen from £2.1 million to £18.8 million, with manager Claudio Ranieri describing him as “priceless”.
One man who deserves the credit is of course the manager Claudio Ranieri, known as the Tinkerer because of his methods. A lot of people did not think he was right for the job at Leicester and thought his appointment was a bit of a joke, but he certainly has had the last laugh by proving everyone wrong and guiding Leicester to the title.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, blind since the age of 12, was accompanied by fellow countryman Ranieri as he walked out 30 minutes before kick-off to fulfil a promise to perform at the King Power Stadium if Leicester became champions.
And in a spine-tingling moment, Ranieri looked close to tears, although he later revealed he steeled himself not to cry on his greatest day, before the stadium exploded in applause and the teams came out.
What a magical way to finish the 2015/2016 season, being serenaded by a legend, breaking several records and defying all of the odds to go from a relegation battle in one season and then going on to win the Premier League Title with 2 games to spare the next season. Well done Leicester City, proving that dreams really do come true.
Can Leicester City do it again next season? Let us know in the comments who you think will be champions next season.