Leicester City celebrated their coronation as Premier League champions and the first title in their 132-year history with victory over Everton on a day of elation at the King Power Stadium.
This was the Foxes’ official homecoming after they won the Premier League on Monday when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea – and how they celebrated before, during and after the greatest day in the club’s history.
Leicester concluded the story that has captured the world’s imagination when captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri jointly lifted the Premier League trophy as they completed the journey from relegation battlers and 5,000-1 outsiders to champions in the space of 12 months.
This 3-1 victory over Everton was simply another demonstration of the power, commitment and quality that has brought them the title – but this was more than a football match, it was a carnival with teams of joy and high emotion.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, blind since the age of 12, was accompanied by fellow countryman Ranieri as he walked out 30 minutes before kick-off to fulfil a promise to perform at the King Power Stadium if Leicester became champions.
And in an spine-tingling moment, Ranieri looked close to tears before the stadium exploded in applause and the teams came out.
This has been no ordinary title win and the moments when Ranieri stood side-by-side with Bocelli demonstrated that this was no ordinary title celebration.