Leicester City have recorded one of the most remarkable stories in the history of English football by winning the Premier League title.
The victory is an incredible story in so many ramification, especially when considering the fact that Leicester were so nearly relegated from the Premier League last season. After a narrow escape from being relegated, Leicester City started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title. They spent 140 days at the bottom of the table and looked set for an immediate return to the Championship until they won seven of their last nine matches under Nigel Pearson to climb clear of the bottom three.
Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday confirmed a stunning achievement for Claudio Ranieri’s side. But they have lost just three league games in what has been described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.
Closest challengers Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and last year’s champions Chelsea, have all failed to match the Foxes’ consistency across the season. Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage had told BBC Sport that,
“In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed.” “It is incredible. This is a turning point in Premier League history,” he added.
Former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer also said the Foxes’ achievement was “the biggest thing ever in football”.
Moreover, Shearer, who won the Premier League in 1995 with underdogs Blackburn, told BBC Sport:
“For a team like Leicester to come and take the giants on with their wealth and experience – not only take them on but to beat them – I think it’s the biggest thing to happen in football.”
Gianni Infantino, president of football’s world governing body Fifa, said Leicester’s also described the win as a “fairytale”.
The Leicester players celebrated the greatest night of their footballing lives at Jamie Vardy’s house, in Melton Mowbray, where they gathered to watch the Spurs match. Their captain, Wes Morgan, said that the experience is the best feeling of his career and he couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team. According to him, everyone worked so hard for this. Nobody believed they could do it, but they did!