ARISE SIR CLAUDIO! ...even the Queen’s a big fan!
THERE were increased demands last night for Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri to be knighted after his miracle season which saw the 5,000-1 outsiders crowned Premier League champions.
Politicians joined an army of footie fans in demanding the Italian-born manager be handed the honorary title.
Even the Queen has been caught up in the jubilation, with cheeky social media jokers mocking up a picture of Her Majesty in her very own blue and white strip.
Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth, whose constituency is home to the side’s King Power Stadium, said: “What Claudio Ranieri has done, not only for Leicester City but for English football, is nothing short of phenomenal.
“It has been a beautiful fairytale story and fans would surely agree he deserves the recognition an honorary knighthood would bring.” brink of relegation last season before former manager Nigel Pearson staged a “great escape”.
But he was sacked in the summer and replaced by 64-year-old Ranieri.
Less than a year later, the fairytale Foxes were crowned champions when nearest rivals Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Huge parties erupted around the country when the East Midlands team clinched victory. And the celebrations are set to continue in the coming weeks with an open top bus parade and a victory rally in a local park.
It’s the first time the club have won the footie top flight title in their 132-year history, with bookies placing odds of 5,000-1 on them clinching the title at the start of the season.
Since the win the internet has been lit up with fans congratulating striker Jamie Vardy, 29 – who broke the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games – and his team mates.
And #sirclaudio has also gone viral on social media site Twitter.
David Cameron wrote: “Many congratulations to Leicester. An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”
And royal biographer Andrew Morton tweeted: “Knighthood for #ClaudioRanieri hero of the underdog. #LeicesterCity champions of England.”
Ex-Leicester striker Gary Lineker wrote: “Yes! Just Yes! Leicester City are champions!”
Fan Zander Jack posted: “Ranieri deserves to be knighted for winning the league honestly what a hero #SirClaudio.”
Leicester, who drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Sunday, are set to host Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday in front of 32,000 jubilant fans who will watch as the side is presented with the coveted Premier League Trophy.
Rockers Kasabian are also set to play two shows at the venue at the end of the month to celebrate the event.
Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno said: “I predicted Leicester City could win a cup.
“Everybody thought I was insane.”