Leicester City Premier League trophy
Leicester City with the Premier League trophyReuters

It began with a touching Claudio Ranieri speech and a stirring performance by Andrea Bocelli and ended with Wes Morgan, that endearing Italian and the rest of his Foxes holding aloft the Premier League trophy. In between it all was the small matter of a football match, played in a carnival atmosphere, with Jamie Vardy starting it all off with a typically Vardy finish before Andy King got into the act and finally Vardy, again, put his finishing touches to what was a dream day for everyone associated with Leicester City Football Club.

On a day when Leicester would have been forgiven for not showing up on the football pitch, the champions showed why they are the Premier League champions, with an authoritative performance against Everton. Vardy grabbed two goals, missed a one-on-one and a penalty, but that could not dampen what was a party from minute one to minute 90 as Leicester City outclassed Everton 3-1.

Vardy started things off in just the fifth minute, and it was such an assured finish too. A simple throw-in King in acres of space on the edge of the box. The midfielder, only starting because Danny Drinkwater is suspended, chipped in a nice cross for Vardy, who found space between the two Everton defenders to calmly slot the ball past Joel Robles.

Three minutes past half an hour, King got on the scoresheet, thanks to the force of nature that is Riyad Mahrez. The winger went on a mazy run and when the ball broke into the middle of the Everton penalty area, King was there to side foot the ball in.

The atmosphere was electric from the moment the players walked out to a guard of honour from the Everton players, but it started to hit the roof as the match got closer and closer to the end.

Jamie Vardy Leicester City
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Everton in the English Premier League, May 7, 2016.Reuters

Vardy made it 3-0 to Leicester City on 65 minutes, picking himself up after being felled by Matthew Pennington to slot the ball where he likes it best. The striker had a chance to complete his hat-trick on 70 minutes, after Darron Gibson gifted Leicester another penalty by fouling Jeffrey Schlupp inside the box, but Vardy smashed his spotkick miles high.

It did not matter, though, even when Kevin Mirallas netted in the final moments thanks to some individual brilliance as the King Power Stadium went ballistic, with Morgan and Ranieri lifting that famous trophy for the first time in the club's history.

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