Thursday, 28 April 2016


Why Incredible Leicester City story is not Football's Greatest Story!

Leicester City are 3 points away from being crowned Premier league champions

Leicester city players celebrating premier league title at Jamie Vardy's house

Leicester City players celebrate at Jamie Vardy's house after watching Chelse play a draw with Spurs making the champions
Leicester city players wild with jubilation after watching the Chelsea and Tottenham match end goalless making them champions.

Leicester City Premier League Champions! You better believe it. Leicester city football club news now! Who could have thought it? Champions of England? It surely is one of the most incredible stories of football.Leicester City have stolen the hearts of the footballing world.Who would ever have dreamt or thought it?Nobody did.Even God didn't dream this could happen.A team that was fighting relegation last season in the English Premiership goes on to win the league at odds of 5000 to 1?Nah,write another story.
So much is tied to this incredible story,think of all those housewives waiting for one time Leicester City Legend and Match of the day Presenter, Gary Lineker presenting the show in his underwear if they win the league.How could Leicester fail to win now with all those
ladies having a direct line to God and begging him for that memorable sight everyday?
Leicester are Premier league Champions.
Former manager Nigel Pearson deserves some praise and credit,cos towards the end of last season,he had Leicester playing like Champions,in fact they had the best form record towards the end.I wonder how he must feel right now.I'm sure a part of him would be saying they would have won the league still with him in charge.But no,i don't think so,he was too controversial and hot headed.How many times was Pearson in the news for one thing or another?He would have derailed the team.Ranieri gave them that calming influence.Was he ever caught up in a single heated moment?Claudio Ranieri was coolness personified.
Riyad Mahrez wins PFA player of the year after scoring important goals Leicester City
Every punter must have been kicking himself for nothing putting money on Leicester.The most annoying part for me is that even after their early heroics,i could still have got great odds on Leicester City to win the league or make the Champions league.But i never took them seriously till it was way too late.

Now lets have some fun with some people who did bet on Leicester to win the premier league at an incredible 500/1.
 Many fans could not bear the tension or hold on and they cashed their bet with a cash out deal.But the funniest lot was that of the man who bet 50 pence on Leicester winning the league.He could have made a cool £2,500! But guess what,after the very 1st match which Leicester did win,guess what he did? He cashed out! For how much? For 45 pence! So not only did he cash out,but for less than he bet.Now is that crazy or stupid? How must he feel today?
Ngolo Kante has been a remarkable success story for Leicester City winning the premiership title

Then there was a man  called Leigh Herbert.A leicester fan who refused to cash in or give up.Below is a couple of Leigh's tweets.
Leigh Herbert the leicester city FC fan who bet on them at 500 to 1 to win the premiership title
Leigh Herbert,Leicester City's famous supporter thanks to a bet which might see him make a fortune at 500/1 odds.

Balls of steel when you consider he could cash out £11,594 of a potential full windfall of £15,003.
So we got in touch with him: Leigh "Herb" Herbert is his name and the story of Leicester's season seen through his eyes is quite something.
We'll let him tell it in his own words. Be prepared - it's an inspirational, emotional rollercoaster...


"It all started in August 2015. I was on holiday with my fiancee, Kerry, in Cornwall, sat in a tent in the middle of a field when I got the news that Claudio Ranieri had been appointed as our manager.
"My first thought was the experience he will bring with him will be fantastic for us - unlike so many other fans, I knew he would be good for us.
"Now, I never bet on Leicester. In fact, I only ever have a bet on the Grand National once a year, but something was telling me in my head that Leicester would do well this season. My best friend David is a bit of a gambler and had text me about a bet he’d won that morning - and that sparked the thought, ‘What are the odds on Leicester winning the league?’
"So after a few Jack Daniel’s and ciders, I checked out the odds: 5,000-1! In an intoxicated state, I said to myself ‘That is worth a quid!’ so I downloaded the William Hill app and proceeded to type in £1 on the stake while I grinned away thinking about the money I could win.

The goals of jamie vardy led Leicester to the title,he also set a new premiership records of 11 consecutive goals beating van nistlreooy record

"Then the thought struck me: if this really happens, I’ll kick myself that I didn’t put a fiver down! So I deleted the £1 and put a fiver on.
"I remember that night telling Kerry how I would spend the money if it came to pass. Needless to say the next morning I instantly regretted ‘losing’ £5, but still I posted a screenshot on Facebook and tagged David - he was ridiculing me right away!"


"Two seasons ago, Leicester romped the Championship to get promoted to the Premier League and they played amazingly. We struggled to find our feet at the beginning of the Premier League, but pulled off the most amazing relegation escape last season to show what they’re capable of.

Nigel Pearson manager of Leicester City celebrates with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City as they secure Premier League status

"With that experience and an experienced manager, I was sure they would do much better. To be honest, I didn’t think they would win it - but my heart wanted them to just like every fan with their own team!"


"I never wanted to - after all, I put a bet on them to win it as I thought they would! That being said, watching my cash out option grow week to week became very overwhelming.

"It started after we beat Man City 3-1 and I was offered £3,200 to cash out. I must admit it was tempting, but having watched Leicester play I knew they would be up there or close by end of the season.
"Then, as the weeks went by, the cash out increased: £5,000, £6,500, £7,500, £9,000, £10,500… and then we lost to Arsenal and it dipped back to £7,500.
"The tension became constant - every waking hour I would be checking reports on our next opponents, scouring their forums, flicking through the fixture list, predicting results…
"I couldn’t stop looking at my cash out and then… £14,500! Wow! FOURTEEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED ENGLISH POUNDS! I was thinking, ‘I could have that in my bank right now; no more stress, no more sleepless nights, money in the bank and I can enjoy the rest of the season.’

Manager Claudio Ranieri
The man who performed the incredible feat of leading Leicester into the champions league and Premiership title.
"This is the point I like to call ‘my wobble’. I still thought we would win the league, but with nine games to play and the history of Leicester City, I was concerned: what if I lost it all? I spoke to the bookmakers and we did a deal: they reduced my bet to £3 and gave me £5,680 for £2 of the stake. And the stress was gone. Just like that… gone!
"So now I have money in the bank, I still have a record-breaking bet going strong, and I can enjoy the football again - or so I thought! By the end of the 2-2 draw with West Ham I was wobbling again, but I held my nerve and stayed true to the boys and in blue, my Leicester City!"


"I won't be cashing out. Between Leicester and Tottenham, we have six games to win the league: if we win one, we have it and if Spurs lose one, we have it. I have every faith Leicester City will be crowned champions."

The incredible fans getting ready to celebrate a title win


"When we win the league, we will be having a huge party down the pub. All my mates are Leicester fans and to see us win the Premier League will be a dream come true - and to win a small fortune along with it is just the icing on the cake. It will be a day none of us will ever forget."


"I will be putting a deposit down on a house for me and Kerry - and maybe a new wardrobe! Of course I’ll enjoy some of it on a party, but the money will be spent wisely."


"Leicester City to win everything and Jamie Vardy to be top scorer! And I already have a £10 bet at 100-1 that Leicester will win the Champions League..."
Kasper Schmeichel makes another save for Leicester City.
I believe Leicester will win it too,and i also believe next season will see the betting shops make a fortune cos everyman and his dog will put money on his team winning the league.
Leicester City winning the Premiership is the greatest story in the history of the Premiership era,but its not the greatest football story ever like people keep saying.The greatest football story ever was by Nottingham Forest.Forest were in the second division in the old 2nd division in 1976/77 season.Forest got promoted to the 1st division then won the 1st division title in their very 1st year! Then the following season they won the European Cup now know as the Champions league! And guess what? They retained the European cup the following season

You had to be around then to realise what an incredible feat and story this was.It's like Middlesborough Fc being promoted to the premiership next season and winning the title.Then the following season winning the champions league.Then the following year they retain the Champions league again.Now close your eyes for a second and imagine that.It was an incredible story.Still is.
Nottingham Forest Fc,the greatest Football story.

Nottingham Forest win the European cup 2 years after being in the 1st divison

Brian Clough achieved a greater feat than Leicester by winning the European cup after their 1st season in division 1
The greatest,Brian Clough with the European Cup.

Brian Clough arguably the best English manager ever was their manager and what he achieved will never never be done again with that feat.Clough then led Forest to 4 Football League Cups in 1978, 1979, 1989, 1990.

So Leicester have done incredibly well this season,they gave us Jamie Vardy Mahrez,Schmeichel,Huth ,Morgan ,Albrighton and the incredible Kante,but they will have to win the Champions League back to back starting from next season to take the greatest football feat away from Nottingham Forest.
Some incredible strange facts about leicester City's Premiership win

The entire Leicester team cost £54m 
Kevin De Bruyne cost £54m
Raheem Sterling cost £49m

Eliaquim Mangala cost £42m

See full list after the cut:


Kasper Schmeichel - £2m
Danny Simpson - £2m
Robert Huth - £3m
Wes Morgan - £1m
Christian Fuchs - Free
Marcin Wasilewski - Free
Marc Albrighton - Free
Danny Drinkwater - £1m
N'Golo Kante - £5.6m
Riyad Mahrez - £400,000
Shinji Okazaki - £7m
Jamie Vardy - £1m
Mark Schwarzer - Free
Jeffrey Schlupp - Free
Demarai Gray - £3.8m
Andrej Kramaric - £7m
Yohan Benalouane - £5.6m
Andy King - Free
Gokhan Inler - £5m
Leonardo Ulloa - £10m

TOTAL: £54.4m


Hugo Lloris - £9.5m
Michel Vorm - £4.2m
Kyle Walker - £4.4m
Kieran Trippier - £3.5m
Jan Vertonghen - £9.3m
Toby Alderweireld - £12m
Kevin Wimmer - £4.5m
Ben Davies - £9.5m
Danny Rose - £1m
Eric Dier - £4m
Dele Alli - £5m
Ryan Mason - Free
Nabil Bentaleb - Free
Joshua Onomah - Free
Mousa Dembele - £14.2m
Tom Carroll - Free
Christian Eriksen - £10.1m
Erik Lamela - £30m
Nacer Chadli - £7m
Son Heung-Min - £21.9m
Clinton Njie - £11m
Harry Kane - Free

TOTAL: £161.1m


David Ospina - £3m
Petr Cech - £10m
Kieran Gibbs - Free
Per Mertesacker - £8.5m
Gabriel Paulista - £12m
Laurent Koscielny - £10m
Nacho Monreal - £8.5m
Calum Chambers - £15m
Hector Bellerin - £375,000
Tomas Rosicky - £7.5m
Mikel Arteta - £10m
Jack Wilshere - Free
Mesut Ozil - £42.5m
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - £12m
Aaron Ramsey - £5m
Santi Cazorla - £15m
Mathieu Flamini - Free
Francis Coquelin - £750,000
Mohamed Elneny - £7m
Olivier Giroud - £12m
Theo Walcott - £9m
Alexis Sanchez - £35m
Danny Welbeck - £16m
Joel Campbell - £750,000

TOTAL: £251.9m


Joe Hart - £1m
Willy Caballero - £4.4m
Pablo Zabaleta - £6.5m
Bacary Sagna - Free
Aleksandar Kolarov - £16m
Gael Clichy - £7m
Eliaquim Mangala - £42m
Nicolas Otamendi - £28.5m
Vincent Kompany - £6m
Martin Demichelis - £3.5m
Yaya Toure - £24m
Fernandinho - £30m
Fernando - £12m
Fabian Delph - £8m
David Silva - £24m
Samir Nasri - £22m
Jesus Navas - £14.9m
Raheem Sterling - £49m
Kevin De Bruyne - £54m
Sergio Aguero - £38m
Wilfried Bony - £28m
Kelechi Iheanacho - Free

TOTAL: £418.8m

Written by Wale Morads
Leigh Herbert interview by Daily Mirror.


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