Leicester City fans brought the city centre to a standstill today as the club’s players celebrated their Premier League title with lunch at a pizzeria. Hundreds of excited supporters gathered outside San Carlo Pizzeria in Leicester as the newly-crowned champions marked their fairytale achievement.
The players, whose manager Claudio Ranieri is Italian, were surrounded by fans, police and security guards as they entered and left the restaurant. It was a special moment for a team who were famously rewarded with pizza by Ranieri in October following their first clean of their title-winning season.
The Thai-owned club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and top scorer Jamie Vardy were among those dining out at the award-winning restaurant. Meanwhile, the club’s official store at the King Power Stadium has sold out of nearly all its merchandise this afternoon.
Leicester City fans brought the city centre to a standstill today as the club’s players celebrated their Premier League title with lunch at a pizzeria
Leaving the restaurant: Leicester’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (centre) is helped to a car as he makes his way through crowds of fans
Time to celebrate: Jamie Vardy (centre) leaves the Italian restaurant – with his lookalike Lee Chapman also pictured (left) at the scene
Flags in the air: Leicester were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history after clinching the title last night
The Leicester team bus arrives at the pizza restaurant in Leicester this afternoon as fans scramble to take a picture of the moment
Fans mob the Leicester City team bus as it collects them from the San Carlo Italian Pizzeria after Claudio Ranieri treated them to lunch
If there were a few sore heads at the club’s training ground this morning it didn’t show, as the players laughed and joked with each other despite partying until 4.30am.
Players including club captain Wes Morgan – who appeared to be in much the same outfit as the night before – were seen arriving for training at around 10am this morning following a remarkable 5,000/1 storybook ending which ranks among the greatest sporting feats of all time. Star striker Vardy was the first to be seen as he emerged from his £1million mansion hours after he and his teammates toasted their club’s first ever top-flight title in their 132-year history.
The 29-year-old – who was this morning seen being driven to training – hosted a gathering at his home last night, and his dream that it would turn into a title party was realised when Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It signalled the start of wild celebrations as he and tens of thousands of fans in Leicester and across the world partied the night away in honour of the unlikeliest of feats. Many of the club’s players left Vardy’s late last night before heading to Club Republic in Leicester city centre. There they were greeted and congratulated by jubilant supporters before heading home in the early hours looking a little worse for wear.
Jamie Vardy (centre) is cheered by crowds of waiting fans as he arrives for lunch at an Italian restaurant in the centre of Leicester today
Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester defenders Christian Fuchs
Robert Huth make his way into the restaurant as Foxes supporters watch on
The nightclub last night wrote on its Facebook page: ‘Just had a phone call from some lad called Jamie booking a big booth for tonight! Come join him & his mates at Republic tonight! We’re open until 3.30am! #JamieVardyHavingaParty’
Among those pictured out on the town were Morgan, striker Leonardo Ulloa, defenders Danny Simpson and Robert Huth, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, England international Danny Drinkwater and Ghanaian winger Jeffrey Schlupp.
First thing this morning Vardy’s fiancée Rebekah Nicholson, 33, was the first to be pictured leaving the home she shares with the England international, as she took her children to school. Ms Nicholson, who is due to marry Vardy when the season ends, looked casual as she was seen leaving the property in charcoal jeans, a pink jumper and a baseball cap, while hiding behind a pair of large sunglasses
Celebrations begin: Striker Leonardo Ulloa and defenders Robert Huth and Danny Simpson were seen out in Leicester
SOURCE: UK SPORT