Leicester City have been crowned champions of the 2015/16 premier league season in what has been an unforgettable season for the Claudio Ranieri men.
The Foxes had drawn 1-1 against Manchester United on Sunday to go eight points clear and needed Tottenham to lose or draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea to lift the title for the first time in their history and the gods of football answered their cry when Spurs threw away a two goals advantage to draw 2-2 against the Blues.
At Stamford Bridge were placards “Let’s do it for Raneiri” while back at the King Power stadium fans watched and prayed for Chelsea to win the London Derby.
It was a sadness on their faces when Spurs scored their two goals but England erupted when Eden Hazard scored the equalizer after Gary Cahill had reduced the scoreline.
Former Leicester, Everton and England striker Gary Lineker described his hometown team’s achievement as “the biggest sporting shock of my lifetime”.
The Match of the Day presenter had suggested the Leicester players were on the “edge of sporting immortality” last month.
Lineker was sceptical at the start of the season – and even in December promised to present Match of the Day in his underwear if Leicester did win the league
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz said: “This is a miracle which has captured the imagination of the sporting world and beyond. People in every corner of the globe now know where Leicester is.”
Former Foxes manager Martin O’Neill, who led the club to their previous highest Premier League finish of eighth in 2000, said: “Not only is it a brilliant story, but it gives everyone that little bit of hope again. That romance has not left football.
“It’s been the talk of Europe, there’s no question about that. Everything about this season has been remarkable.”