Odds that Leicester City would win the Barclays Premier League? 5000-1
Leicester City needed just three points this weekend to secure their first ever title in the English top flight. After a draw on Sunday at Old Trafford against Manchester United, a draw or a loss by Tottenham against Chelsea on Monday would give Leicester the title.
Down, 2-0 late in the second half, Chelsea scored twice to rescue a point and secure the title for Leicester City.
What ensued following the final whistle in the East Midlands was definitely a Vardy Party. But at Jamie Vardy's house, the Leicester City players were celebrating their championship in grand fashion.
CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/pFtvo5XUNx— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016
The Barclays Premier League Trophy wasn't the only piece of hardware won by a Leicester player on Monday. Vardy was named the Football Writer's Association Footballer of the Year. Vardy has scored 22 goals this season for Leicester, including a goal in a Premier League record 11 straight matches. The Englishman has been instrumental in securing Leicester a Premier League title, and truly earned the award.
The title is not only a first for Leicester and many of the Foxes' players, but also the first managerial title for Claudio Ranieri. The Italian, who was in Rome on Monday to take his 96-year-old mother out to lunch, finally captured his first title in his 31-year career.
Ranieri: "The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible" pic.twitter.com/30AhEeg0YM— Premier League (@premierleague) May 2, 2016
In the end, even Tottenham congratulated Leicester City's success.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher had the most poignant thing to say about Leicester's improbable accomplishment. "It's the greatest achievement in the history of our game. It's unprecedented."
Agree? pic.twitter.com/g0coEtKTcF— Premier League (@premierleague) May 2, 2016
Robbie Earle of NBC Sports said after the match that Leicester City has changed the complexion of the Premier League and all of football forever. What Leicester have done can make any team believe they can win a championship.
Not only is this one of the biggest stories in English football history, but possibly the biggest story in all of sports ever.
Congratulations Leicester! Continue to (Vardy) party on. The title is well-deserved.