Leicester City are crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the first time
Tottenham Hotspur’s result against Chelsea on Monday night means the Foxes cannot be caught at the top
Claudio Ranieri’s side have been top of the table since 23 January
The title win comes just two years after Wes Morgan lifted the Championship trophy
For the first time in our 132-year history, Leicester City Football Club are the champions of England after securing the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League title on Monday night.
Claudio Ranieri and his players have captured the imaginations of football fans around the world with one of the most brilliant and unlikely sporting triumphs ever seen.From a team that spent the majority of last season rooted to the bottom of the table and among the favourites for relegation this term, a combination of team spirit, hard work and talent has seen them transform into champions.
In the toughest league in the world, the Foxes have led the way at the top of the table since an emphatic 3-0 win over Stoke City on 23 January and have answered every question asked of them throughout the campaign.The title victory comes just two years after the team secured a record-equalling seventh second tier title and just seven seasons since claiming the third tier crown back in 2009.
When our captain, Wes Morgan, lifts the trophy at King Power Stadium next Saturday evening, he will be the first Leicester City player to do so and it will be without question the greatest single moment in this Football Club’s long history.The skipper did the same with the Championship trophy two years ago against Doncaster Rovers, but this time the eyes of the world will be watching as they take in the conclusion of one of the most incredible sporting stories ever seen.
This group of Leicester City players have given the Blue Army a lifetime’s worth of memories, all rolled into one perfect season. From Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking scoring streak to Riyad Mahrez’s magic to Leonardo Ulloa’s earthquake-goal – all will go down in history.
And in a season full of incredible stories, few can be more remarkable than that of Andy King, who in the last eight seasons with Leicester City, now has Premier League, Championship and League 1 winners’ medals.
Plenty more Club records have been equalled, set and shattered along the way, but for now there’s just one fact that matters – Leicester City are the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
Gianni Infantino, president of football’s world governing body Fifa, said Leicester’s “beautiful story” was a “fairytale”.
The club was also quick to hail the achievement of Ranieri and his players, saying they “have captured the imaginations of football fans around the world with one of the most brilliant and unlikely sporting triumphs ever seen”.
Sports data analysts say Leicester are set for a potential £150m boost for winning the title, coming from Premier League prize money, Champions League participation cash, and increased match-day revenues from ticket and hospitality sales.
‘A sporting miracle’
“In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed,” former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Sport.
“It is incredible. This is a turning point in Premier League history.”