Leicester’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri will be recommended for an official award following his “incredible” Premier League success, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Wednesday.
Each year, dozens of people are decorated by Italian President Sergio Mattarella in recognition of having rendered special services to the nation.
Ranieri deserves a medal because “he sent a beautiful message to our country when he said that you always have to believe in it, that even the most difficult dreams can come true,” Renzi told Rtl 102.5 radio.
“I will propose to President Mattarella and the honours committee to pay tribute to this great Italian with this small gesture,” he added.
Renzi said he had been in SMS contact with Ranieri since November or December, and joked with him about his past managerial stint at Fiorentina, the Italian premier’s favourite football team.
“One day, I’d like Fiorentina to win a league title like Leicester,” Renzi said. The Florence-based squad have won Italy’s Serie A top tournament only twice, most recently in the 1968-69 season.