It is proving to be a fairy tale finish for last year’s almost-relegated Leicester City in the English Premier League (EPL).
Even a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last evening couldn’t dim the jubilation in their joyous fans.
And it’s not just their die-hard fans who are celebrating.
The mid-level club has made fans all over the world with their glorious run to the title this season in an unlikely topsy-turvy EPL season.
Defending champions Chelsea are nowhere in the top four and will not qualify for next year’s Champions League.
They still lurk as potential spoilers for both title aspirants. Tottenham Hotspurs play them this evening and Chelsea encounter Leicester in their final game next week.
Should the Spurs drop any points to Chelsea, Leicester will be home and dry with two games in hand.
Should Chelsea lose, a win against Everton at home should suffice for the Foxes.
Either way, it’s looking very rosy for Claudio Ranieri’s men and the Italian manager will be looking forward to a two million pound bonus in his burgeoning kitty.
A couple of years ago, it was Atletico Madrid who made believers of sceptics knocking out Barcelona and Real Madrid on its way to its first La Liga title since 1996.
Atletico are in the running this year as well— a three-way race including Barcelona and Real Madrid.
It is always gratifying to see the small guy win and as this writer put it in his mid-season piece, “It’s not about whether you play as well as you can, it’s about simply doing better than the rest.”
That happens to be the story of this year’s EPL. None of the former champion sides could lift their standards high enough to take the fight to giant-slayers Leicester.
Leicester are deserving victors unless there’s an unlikely, nasty twist in the tale.
Former doubters disbelieve no more.