Leicester City have won their first Premier League title this morning, defying the odds and completing one of the biggest underdog stories in the history of sport.
The Foxes won the title when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the 2-2 result handing Leicester the title with two games still to play.
The East Midlands side were 5000-1 longshots at the start of the season after narrowly avoiding relegation in 2014-15, but have defied the odds to finish ahead of England’s footballing elite.
To put the reuslt in perspective, some English bookmakers were offering substantially lesser odds – about 2000-1 – on Elvis Presley being found alive or Kim Kardashian becoming president of the United States.
Leicester’s Austrian defender Christian Fuchs posted the players’ reaction on Twitter as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge.
— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016
The performance of Professional Footballers Association player of the year Riyad Mahrez and former non-league footballer Jamie Vardy, who has scored 22 goals, were instrumental in pushing the Foxes towards the title.
The Foxes are also set to receive a massive financial windfall, with merchandise sales going through the roof. More importantly, the club has won a place in next year’s Champions League competition.
Former Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker told BBC Sport last month that the club was “on the edge of sporting immortality”.
“I can’t think of anything that surpasses it in sporting history. It is difficult to put over in words,” Lineker said.
“I got emotional. It was hard to breathe. I was a season ticket holder from the age of seven. This is actually impossible.”