What we've seen this season may never be replicated.
What we've seen this season may never be matched.
What we've seen this season may forever be known as the season in the Premier League that defied the odds. That bucked the trends. Spat in the face of the establishment and by doing so, rocked the very foundation of football in the country of its creation.
Leicester City Football Club, Premier League Champions.
Those seven words don't belong in a sentence together, definitely not in that strange order.
But yet, here we sit. Vardy's Party raging into the wee hours of the night in the East Midlands' most famous city with a major potato crisp manufacturer. Wes Morgan, dubbed Captain Morgan for his heroics and ability to look cool wherever he is, will lead an 11-man squad of champions on Saturday against Everton. The Tinkerman is now the Tinselman.
This is the reality of what has happened.
But wait, there's more! This happened:
CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/pFtvo5XUNx— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016
Leicester City have etched their name on the Barclays Premier League honour roll... pic.twitter.com/760rcYknwz— Premier League (@premierleague) May 2, 2016
Then this (very cheeky, caption...but I smiled):
Before the whistle, this happened:
Can we just quickly take a moment to appreciate the effect Eden Hazard had on the match and the parallels it had on this season? Last year's PFA Player of the Year, largely invisible this year after a fantastic previous campaign, comes on and completely changes the game. He was everywhere. His work on the equalizer, which by itself would have been an amazing goal, was all-encompassing. Pace, strength, determination, touch, accuracy, will. Messi would have been proud. So thank you, Eden.
Right, and then as the celebrations began, this extraordinary thing happened:
And then this, one of the most powerful messages of the day, happened:
Andy King (@10_kingy) May 2, 2016
For those of you who don't know, Andy King is a Leicester legend. With the club when it was relegated from and then immediately promoted to the Championship. With the club through playoff heartbreak after heartbreak. And then again with the club when it was finally promoted to the Premier League and the amazing escape that followed a year later. He's something of a fan favorite. Much like this fella:
CHAMPIONS !!!!! thank u everyone !!!— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) May 2, 2016
And this one. He's probably Leicester's favorite son:
Leicester City have won the Premier League. The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it's only my team.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 2, 2016
Speaking of sons, one of the most amazing father-son stories that I can think of was unfolding all season as Leicester inched closer to the title:
Proud does not cover it. Can't find the right words. (I can but they'll block my account if I use them!) https://t.co/xQ2Eqm7MCe— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 2, 2016
Words can not describe the love I have for my teammates. I dreamt of this since i was a boy and i will be forever grateful to you all ❤️— Kasper schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) May 2, 2016
I mean come on. That's so fantastic. Kasper has well and truly left his father's massive shadow. People hoped it would happen but few expected him to be able to top what Peter (The Great) accomplished. In one season, he one could argue he did just that.
Anddddd to continue my perfectly-transitioned structure, here's someone who knows a his fair share about arguing, not arguing (for once):
No superstars.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 2, 2016
No fancy stadium.
Just passion, hunger, desire & determination.#Leicester
High praise right there. If it were Arsenal in the mix, doubt we'd see similar humility but hey, who cares? Didn't stop with Mr. Morgan though. The congratulations rushed in from all shapes and sizes:
Congratulations to Leicester on winning the league title. What an unbelievable performance over the course of the season!— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) May 2, 2016
Congratulations to the new Champions of England, Leicester City. Respect.— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 2, 2016
Leicester city.. champion.— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) May 2, 2016
Congratulations to the players and to an amazing manager as RANIERI!
Congratulations to both Leicester and my friend Claudio Ranieri for their historic win of the Premier League https://t.co/WWGPAVNp1E— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) May 2, 2016
Congratulations Leicester city. What a story .fantastic players, fantastic manager . Enjoy . Jamie vardys having a party . @LCFC— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 2, 2016
Many congratulations to Leicester. An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 2, 2016
Leicester City are CHAMPIONS!https://t.co/QLc9cMpvKz— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) May 2, 2016
I honestly had to search to see who Niall Horan was but it seems that he's pretty popular. One Direction are decent, so he's alright by me. Kasabian, Leicester's other favorite sons, are just as popular and you should listen to them right now.
It's all just wonderful. Wonderful. Full of wonder.
Once I finally am able to close my eyes because I'm tired and not because I want to see the players celebrating or the great people of Leicester screaming into the night outside the King Power Stadium again in my mind, I'll possibly get some sleep. But how could I? Why would I want to?
Today has been unlike any day in my life. It has been unlike any day in any of the lives of any Leicester City fan. And though we may not see one like it again, there will will always, always, a-l-w-a-y-s, be this: