Today, Leicester City made history by winning the premier league title for the first time ever following an incredible season where they’ve rubbished the predictions of bookmakers.
The Foxes under the tutelage of Italian ‘tinker man’ Claudio Ranieri have lost just three games all season in a league that is regarded in many quarters as the best in the world – giving hope to clubs regularly tagged as ‘underdogs.’
The King Power Stadium has witnessed some amazing games this season and the players undeniably feed off the energy of the fans which is magical.
The unity in the Leicester team has helped their progress thus far but the immune system of the team is powered by the outstanding form of these fantastic five, according to FCNaija.com.
Position: Defensive midfielder
France international, N’Golo Kanté has been one of the revelations of the season. Built like Chelsea legend Claudio Makalele, he has taken the premier league by storm as he produces outstanding performances week-in, week-out.
The 25-year-old breaks up play effectively and has the best stats on tackles won by a mile. He shields the defense like no other in the league and was the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to win over 100 tackles this season.
His form earned him a call-up to the France national team which he followed up with a debut goal and he is expected to be one of the stars of Euro 2016 on home soil.
Position: Defensive midfielder
Daniel Drinkwater has also had an outstanding season for the Foxes and his partnership in the middle with Kante is the best in the premier league this season.
Drinkwater helps Leicester City dictate play and he is a better ball passer than Kante so most times, the Frenchman wins the ball and threads to him to distribute which has worked effectively for them throughout the season.
And like Kante, he earned his first Three Lions call-up at the back of his outstanding season so far and it will be difficult for the England manager Roy Hodgson to leave him out of the squad for Euro 2016.
Like teammate, Daniel Drinkwater, Leicester City’s talisman Jamie Vardy got his first England call-up at the back of a fine season and he is already being seen as an important member of the Three Lions squad.
The 29-year-old has scored 22 goals this season but what is remarkable about him is his amazing work rate – he never stops running and he holds the record of the longest consecutive goalscoring streak in the premier league.
He scored in important games and was never found hiding as he loves the big occasions – scoring against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, and had his record goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium earlier in the season.
Riyad Mahrez became the first African player to win the PFA Player of the Year Award courtesy of his brilliant displays throughout the current season and he is one of the major reasons why Leicester City won their first premier league title.
The former Le Havre star has scored 17 goals with 11 assists to his name but because of his tiny nature most people overlooked his work-rate for the team in general.
He puts in the shift defensively if needed but he is amazing with the ball at his feet and he terrifies defenders with his awesome dribbling moves. It is no surprise that he has been linked with a big money move to Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint German.
Claudio Ranieri is the biggest star of this Leicester City team as he has been able to keep them focused and against all odds has achieved perhaps the most significant feat of the premier era by winning it all this season.
It’s hard to talk about the ‘fantastic five’ for the Foxes this season and not mention the Italian who was referred to as the ‘nearly man’ for his failures to win the league with Chelsea in the past but he has shown great resilience and maturity in guiding Leicester to their best ever finish in the English top flight.
It is on record that the former AS Monaco and Inter Milan manager gives his Leicester players two days off every week after games because they play with high intensity and press their opponents.
At the end of the 2015/16 season, the story will be of the remarkable rise of Leicester City Football Club – the emotions on the faces of their fans epitomizes the feel football gives all of us, no wonder the world cried out for the Foxes to be crowned champions.
This is a remarkable tale of David slaying Goliath over again and perhaps the outgoing champions Chelsea will get a big hug for helping to stop Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to push it all down to the final two games of the season.
Congratulations Leicester City Football club for doing the impossible in our time!