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Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PA
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PA
A Chelsea fan holds up a banner celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chelsea fans hold up banners celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans celebrate in the Market Tavern in Leicester after seeing their side crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 drew against Chelsea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Chelsea fans hold up banners celebrating Leicester City being crowned champions following the 2-2 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight titel. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate Chelsea's second goal as they watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans watch the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Yates's Bar on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. If Spurs fail to win against Chelsea, Leicester City will become Premier League champions. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans take a picture in Hogarths pub in Leicester during the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur match. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea miss a goal-scoring opportunity against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Leicester City fans react after a missed chance for Chelsea during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans react after a missed chance for Chelsea during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans react after Chelsea scored to pull one goal back during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City fan reacts as he watches after Tottenham score in the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City fan reacts as he watches after Tottenham score in the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in a pub in central Leicester, eastern England, on May 2, 2016. Leicester City's remarkable football season could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history without kicking a ball on May 2 if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur fail to keep the Premier League title race alive. Anything less than a Spurs victory away to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1900GMT) -- a ground where they haven't enjoyed a league win for 26 years -- will see Claudio Ranieri's men, 5,000/1 outsiders in pre-season, complete a stunning triumph. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur and Nemanja Matic of Chelsea battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea miss a goal-scoring opportunity against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester-based musicians film a video for their latest music project "Fearless" in central Leicester, eastern England, on 2 May, 2016. The song has been recorded to celebrate Leciester City Football Club's performance in the 2015/16 season of the Premier League. AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans, who are facing a nail-biting wait to see if their side pulls off one of the greatest comebacks in English football history and lifts the Premier League trophy. PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Thai supporter of Leicester City reacts as people watch the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United on the TV, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 1, 2016. The teams drew 1-1. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) grapples with Chelsea's John Terry during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur splits open the Chelsea defence to score the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) battles with Chelsea's Gary Cahill (right) and Branislav Ivanovic during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (front) heads the ball in front of Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (back) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A Chelsea fan holds up a banner in support of Leicester City's title challenge during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur takes a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) talks with Chelsea's Dutch interim manager Guus Hiddink (R) on the touchlinen during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker (R) holds off Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (L) to play the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's John Terry before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Mousa Dembele (right) before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
A fan wears a mask of Chelsea's John Terry in the stands before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
The Spurs players warm up prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic walks on the pitch before kick off of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
The Chelsea mascots Bridget and Stamford pose prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Mounted Police officers patrol prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Leicester's remarkable rise from Barclays Premier League relegation strugglers to champions is complete - with a little help from the previous holders.

Reigning champions Chelsea drew 2-2 at home to Tottenham on Monday night to gift their former boss Claudio Ranieri a stunning top-flight title.

Second-half goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard were enough to finally down second-placed Spurs' charge but the night, and season, belongs to Leicester and their Italian manager.

Ranked as 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the campaign, doubts were raised over whether Ranieri could stave off a battle against the drop when he was appointed as Nigel Pearson's successor on July 13.

Now, 294 days later, he had the luxury of jetting back home to Rome to have lunch with his 96-year-old mother before returning to the East Midlands a hero.

The 64-year-old, though, was far from the only knight in shining armour at the King Power Stadium this term.

Some of Leicester's unlikely stars were watching events unfold at striker Jamie Vardy's house on an evening of high drama.

Foxes fans have coined the 'Jamie Vardy's having a party' chant this season, and the England striker appeared to be actually throwing one at his Melton Mowbray home.

Pictures from the Daily Mail appeared to show a number of players such as Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan and Shinji Okazaki arrive at Vardy's home, while a number of supporters also gathered outside the gates of the house.

Vardy began his senior career at Stocksbridge Park Steels after being rejected by Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager and was playing non-league football for Fleetwood in 2012.

Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur and Nemanja Matic of Chelsea battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur and Nemanja Matic of Chelsea battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans react in Hogarths pub in Leicester after Chelsea miss a goal-scoring opportunity against Tottenham Hotspur. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) scores their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester-based musicians film a video for their latest music project "Fearless" in central Leicester, eastern England, on 2 May, 2016. The song has been recorded to celebrate Leciester City Football Club's performance in the 2015/16 season of the Premier League. AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans, who are facing a nail-biting wait to see if their side pulls off one of the greatest comebacks in English football history and lifts the Premier League trophy. PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Thai supporter of Leicester City reacts as people watch the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United on the TV, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 1, 2016. The teams drew 1-1. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) grapples with Chelsea's John Terry during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur splits open the Chelsea defence to score the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leciester City fans watch the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game at Hogarths pub in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) battles with Chelsea's Gary Cahill (right) and Branislav Ivanovic during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (front) heads the ball in front of Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (back) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A Chelsea fan holds up a banner in support of Leicester City's title challenge during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur takes a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) talks with Chelsea's Dutch interim manager Guus Hiddink (R) on the touchlinen during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker (R) holds off Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (L) to play the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's John Terry before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Mousa Dembele (right) before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
A fan wears a mask of Chelsea's John Terry in the stands before the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA
The Spurs players warm up prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic walks on the pitch before kick off of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on May 2, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
The Chelsea mascots Bridget and Stamford pose prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Mounted Police officers patrol prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old, who claimed the Football Writers' Association player of the year award on Sunday, has gone on to score 24 goals for club and country this season and looks set to lead the line for England at Euro 2016.

Riyad Mahrez's 17 goals and 11 assists saw him crowned PFA player of the year, capping the Algerian's astonishing accent from the French second division as recently as 2014.

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Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defenders Morgan and Danny Simpson and midfielders N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater were also recognised by the voters in the FWA poll.

Winger Marc Albrighton, speaking after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford which edged the Foxes closer to their first-ever top-flight title, said: "We've got that never-say-die attitude. I think that's won us a lot of points this season.

"Early on this season you've got the draws at Stoke and Southampton, we were 2-0 down in both of them, and 2-0 down in the home game against Villa.

"So that showed our character early in the season and we've continued to do that. We've gone behind at Old Trafford, which is a daunting place. It's a big pitch and the fans are behind them, but credit to the lads, we carried on going, got the equaliser and held on."

Leicester lost 19 games in last season's bid to escape relegation yet, under Ranieri, they have tasted defeat just three times in the Premier League.

They have gone to Manchester City and Tottenham and won, while an unbeaten run since mid-February proved beyond any doubt Ranieri's side had the nerve to finish the job.

Albrighton admitted after the thrilling draw with United that a title success would take time to register.

"I don't think it will for a while," the former Aston Villa winger added. "It might sink in later on in the summer. If we can wrap up the title it will be such a fantastic achievement and maybe then it will sink in."

Seven years ago, to the day, after the Foxes rounded off their League One title-winning campaign with a 3-0 win away at Crewe, they can now savour the proudest moment in the club's history.

'Greatest achievement in sporting history'

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage believes the Foxes clinching the Barclays Premier League title is the "greatest achievement in sporting history".

Leicester were confirmed as champions after Eden Hazard's late strike earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with Tottenham that meant Spurs could not catch the Foxes.

Savage told Radio 5Live: "It's going to be one unbelievable night for Leicester. Those fans have been with that team through thick and thin.

"I was with Muzzy Izzet at the weekend he was scoring goals in League One not all that long ago and now they're Premier League champions. The greatest achievement in sporting history. I don't think anything betters this. It's incredible.

"They've proved a lot of people wrong. I was a massive sceptic of Claudio Ranieri. I didn't think they could win it but they've proved me and a lot of people wrong and they thoroughly, thoroughly deserve it. What an amazing night."

Former Leicester striker Tony Cottee echoed those sentiments about Ranieri, telling Sky Sports News: ''It was a big decision when Nigel Pearson left and Claudio Ranieri came in and lots of people, myself included, were unsure whether he would be the right man but he's been absolutely fantastic.

''When he came into the club it would have been easy to make lots of changes but he's a clever manager and he obviously realised he had some good players with a good team spirit.

''He's obviously got some stand out players like Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy but they all work really well as a team and obviously they have had that little bit of luck that you need, as they haven't had too many injuries or suspensions.

''They've been the best team and that's the biggest compliment you can give them - not the best individuals, the best team.

''They were 5,000-1 at the start of the season and you couldn't really even see them finishing in the top half, let a lone win the league.

''It's great for football because everyone next season will start the season thinking well Leicester did it last season, why can't we do it this year?''

Month-by-month

It has been a unpredictable roller-coaster of a season for Leicester after they clinched the Barclays Premier League title having lost just three times all campaign.

They have been the outstanding team of the year and Press Association Sports charts their rise from 5,000-1 title outsiders to champions.

AUGUST:

Leicester begin with a convincing 4-2 win over wretched Sunderland in what many saw as a first-day survival battle.

Riyad Mahrez scored twice while Jamie Vardy netted his first of the season in a sign of things to come.

A 2-1 win at West Ham followed before a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham and a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth as a Vardy penalty began his record-scoring streak.

SEPTEMBER:

The month started with two comebacks as the Foxes fought back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 thanks to a Nathan Dyer's late winner.

A 2-2 draw at Stoke came after they were again 2-0 down before Mahrez and Vardy hauled them level in the second half.

Their first defeat of the season came in a 5-2 thumping at home to Arsenal, perhaps the only time they were outclassed despite Vardy's two goals.

OCTOBER:

Leicester recovered from the Gunners' defeat to win 2-1 at Norwich thanks to Vardy and Jeff Schlupp.

Another 2-2 comeback draw was secured at Southampton as Vardy scored twice and they finally kept a first clean sheet of the season with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace - prompting boss Claudio Ranieri to fulfil his promise and buy the squad pizza.

A 3-2 win at West Brom moved them up to third in the Premier League as Vardy continued his scoring streak by netting in his eighth game in a row.

NOVEMBER:

Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League scoring run by netting in his 11th straight match, the opener in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Before then, N'Golo Kante and Vardy clinched a 2-1 win over Watford and a 3-0 victory, with goals from Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa, at Newcastle sent the Foxes top.

DECEMBER:

Vardy's scoring run ended in Leicester's 3-0 win at Swansea as Mahrez picked up the slack with a hat-trick at the Liberty Stadium.

In their next three games the Foxes beat Chelsea 2-1 and Everton 3-2 before just their second defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Liverpool.

They finished 2015 with a 0-0 draw with Manchester City, leaving them second - behind Arsenal on goal difference.

JANUARY:

Another home stalemate with Bournemouth kicked off 2016 as Leicester wobbled after Artur Boruc saved Mahrez's spot kick to leave them two points behind leaders Arsenal.

But Robert Huth's late header gave the Foxes a crucial 1-0 win at Tottenham and ended a run of three games without a goal.

A 1-1 draw at Villa took them top - a position they never lost again - despite Mahrez's second successive penalty miss and a 3-0 win at home to Stoke wrapped the month.

FEBRUARY:

It was a month where dreams started to become a reality as a stunning Vardy double - including a wonderful 30 yard volley - dispatched Liverpool 2-0.

But it was the 3-1 win at Manchester City - earned through Huth's brace and Mahrez's silky effort - which moved them five points clear at the top.

Danny Welbeck broke Leicester hearts with a last-minute header in a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal but Ulloa's 89th minute winner then earned a barely-deserved 1-0 victory over Norwich.

MARCH:

Fans starting cashing in their bets as one supporter settled for £72,000 following his £50 bet on the Foxes to win the title at the start of the season, when they were 5,000-1.

A 2-2 draw with West Brom briefly stalled momentum - Craig Gardner's free kick denying Leicester victory - before Ranieri's side started to grind out results.

Watford, Newcastle and Palace were all beaten 1-0 as Leicester stretched their lead to eight points and proved they could handle the growing pressure.

APRIL:

The run continued as captain Wes Morgan scored his first goal of the season to beat Southampton 1-0.

Vardy then ended ended a six-game drought to score twice - his 20th and 21st goals of the season - as they cruised past struggling Sunderland 2-0.

Leicester's title bid suffers a minor blow after a 2-2 draw with West Ham - when Jamie Vardy was controversially sent off after a second yellow for diving - but they then beat Swansea 4-0 without him.

MAY:

Missing Vardy, City went to Manchester United and got a 1-1 draw thanks to Morgan's goal. The next night, Chelsea drew with Tottenham and the job was complete.

Players that guided team to title

Leicester have shocked the Barclays Premier League but claiming the crown - the first top-flight title in their history.

They have lost just three times in the season and England striker Jamie Vardy has netted 22 league goals. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five players who have played a key part in the Foxes' title success.

JAMIE VARDY

The record-breaker has enjoyed a fairytale season and an astonishing rise after joining the club from Fleetwood in 2012.

Just four years ago he was helping the Cod Army out of the National League and this summer he will, barring injury, be in England's Euro 2016 squad.

He set a new Premier League record by scoring in 11 straight games, became the first Leicester play since Gary Lineker in 1985 to net 20 top flight league goals and was nominated for PFA Player of the Year.

RIYAD MAHREZ

The PFA Player of the Year is one of the hottest properties in football after a stunning season having scored, so far, 18 goals, assisted 11 more.

Two goals in the opening day win over Sunderland set the tone and while he has only netted four times in his last 18 games he remains one of Leicester's stars.

Boss Claudio Ranieri has always said he would allow players to leave if they wanted to and Barcelona have been linked with the Algeria winger.

N'GOLO KANTE

The midfielder was unknown when he arrived from Caen for a reported £5.6million last summer but was a PFA Player of the Year nominee and has become a France international.

Head of recruitment Steve Walsh pushed Ranieri to sign the 25-year-old and he has helped fill the void left by Esteban Cambiasso, who left last year.

Ranieri has reaped the rewards with relentless Kante doing the dirty work for Vardy and Mahrez to let loose going forward.

DANNY DRINKWATER

His form earned the midfielder an England debut in March and pushed him to the brink of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

Perhaps overlooked before being called up for the Three Lions as Kante, Mahrez and Vardy grabbed the plaudits but he has been central to Leicester's success.

A deep-lying playmaker he has complimented Kante with similar all-action displays in front of the defence.

ROBERT HUTH

A Premier League veteran, the 31-year-old's career looked to be winding down when he joined Leicester from Stoke in January 2015.

But he has been a rock at the back for the Foxes and has also scored crucial goals, including the winner at Tottenham and a brace at Manchester City.

He won two league titles with Chelsea in 2004 and 2006 under Jose Mourinho having also played under Claudio Ranieri at Stamford Bridge.

Fairy tale story

In November 2014 Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Greece.

"A most unfortunate choice of coach," said the FA after defeat to the Faeroe Islands cost Ranieri his job.

The Italian lasted just five games, winning none, and left with the contempt of a nation and their Euro 2016 hopes in tatters.

But finally, he has a prize which has eluded him for 30 years.

An improbable, stunning and almost unfathomable Barclays Premier League title with Leicester ends his runner-up tag after second place finishes with Chelsea, Juventus, Roma and Monaco.

His first top-flight title after 16 jobs, including two spells at Valencia, comes at the most unlikeliest of clubs.

When Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010 he told the players - who felt he was optimistic having just seen Nigel Pearson end his first spell by joining Hull - they would win the Premier League in five years.

The Thai billionaire was a year out but even he would have struggled to believe the Foxes would win as they sat 5,000-1 outsiders to win the league in August.

Ranieri himself was one of the favourites to be sacked when he replaced Pearson in July, ending an 11-year exile from the English game.

Some sneered, others questioned the appointment of a 64-year-old who had not managed in England since he was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

But it is Mourinho's record he breaks, winning the Premier League just 294 days after being appointed. Mourinho took 332 days to achieve the same feat at Stamford Bridge.

Ranieri inherited a squad who had won seven of their final nine games last season to survive under Pearson, who returned from Hull in 2011 and won the Championship three years later.

The Tinkerman was expected to change but his best move as boss was to maintain the status quo.

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh, Pearson's long-time lieutenants, stayed - as did the squad. N'Golo Kante and Shinji Okazaki arrived after Christian Fuchs signed before Pearson was dismissed.

They were likely to join regardless of the boss but Ranieri listened to head of recruitment Walsh, who he worked with at Chelsea, rather than ripping up the blueprint.

Pearson's legacy of spirit, work and hunger remains but Ranieri and his staff have added the touch of panache and class which has elevated them above the establishment.

Danny Drinkwater has become an England international, two 30-something centre-backs in Robert Huth and Wes Morgan form one of the best partnerships in the league and Riyad Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year.

Jamie Vardy scored five goals last season, this term he will go to Euro 2016 with England having become the first Leicester player since Gary Lineker in 1985 to score over 20 top-flight goals.

Pearson nurtured them but under Ranieri they have blossomed.

He allowed the dressing room to run itself, headed by skipper Morgan who handles any issues the players have an acts as a reliable mouthpiece for the squad.

He gained their trust, difficult given their fierce loyalty to Pearson, and has shielded them from the spotlight.

Pearson's brash nature took some of the heat, as the headlines fell on him following bizarre ostrich comments and touchline spats with fans, but Ranieri's charming and approachable manner made him the anti-Pearson.

Rather than getting into rows with journalists, he shakes hands with every one before his pre-match press conference.

He also has a picture of every Premier League manager on his office wall because he wants them to feel welcome.

Offers of pizza for clean sheets - when Leicester finally managed their first shut out of the season in October - are as bizarre as they are shrewd.

The squad bonded further under Ranieri, who would routinely give players unscheduled days off if he felt they were tired. He looked after his team.

When Okazaki passed his English exam in April Ranieri made a point of celebrating it, even pretending he had called the team meeting especially.

That was in private but his calculated public game kept a lid on expectations and he ticked off their ambitions only when it was right.

The former Inter Milan boss comes across as everyone's favourite uncle but the wheels are always turning.

Only when Leicester had four games left did he admit they could win the title.

Tottenham's slip 72 hours after Ranieri had made his ambitions clear gave the Foxes a clear run to the league and it is one Leicester and the Italian deserve.

A maiden major title represents the most glorious of triumphs for a man who began his managerial career with Lametini in 1986.

Under two years ago he was on the scrapheap, a failure with Greece, leading to their FA's damming "unfortunate" barb.

Fortunately for Leicester, Ranieri has completed his resurgence.

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