LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 15, 2016) (REUTERS) – Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was given a guard of hounour on Sunday (May 15) by players and officials of former club Chelsea before the teams kicked off in their final match of the season at Stamford Bridge.
Ranieri received a standing ovation at the club that sacked him 12 years ago as he walked out with the Leicester team that he has guided to the Premier League title, the first in the club’s history.
Ranieri joined Chelsea in 2000 and reaped the benefit of Roman Abramovich’s takeover three years later by spending more than 100 million pounds ($143.48 million) in the 2003 close-season.
He led the team to second place in the Premier League and a Champions League semi-final, but was then dismissed to make way for Jose Mourinho.
Many Leicester supporters and neutral observers were unimpressed when he was appointed by the Midlands club for this season. But after narrowly avoiding relegation with a late run last season, the 5,000-1 outsiders brought off one of the great achievements in modern sport.