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5000/1 – The Day They Made Football Beautiful Again

A few seasons ago, when Manchester City won their first Premier League title, it almost felt like a hollow victory for everyone not in a light blue shirt. There's no doubt their title-winning campaign was deserved, but the global footballing community declared it a dark day as many exclaimed "today, money has won over football". Not so with Leicester City.

What people were referring to here was the cash injection City had preceding their triumph. The world wakes up to no such story today, though. Leicester are the EPL champions, and we cannot repeat it enough. A truly miraculous occasion. No dark cloud hangs over the footballing community today; everyone can feel the beauty in the victory, irrespective of which team you support. Our supporters certainly agree.

"Hard work pays." – NMMT

"An impossible dream has turned into reality." – BongaKalake

"Another Manning Rangers fairytale." – Spikere

"Next season Boroka will be league champions." – Makakana1

"Against all odds." – eezyD

Today, we relearn what makes football a beautiful sport; it is the fact that despite our advanced brains, advanced calculations, our faith in our forecasting and our money, the truth is that we never really know what will happen…

Leicester City were given 5 000/1 odds to win the league this season. The bookies gave higher odds to the possibility of Sir Alex Ferguson winning Strictly Come Dancing (1 000/1) and David Beckham becoming coach of Manchester City (750/1).

It is a beautiful day when the computers fail and the calculations miscalculate. Today, humanity in football has won, a team of hardworking players and a hardworking coach overcame the odds given to them by the most rational minds.

This is why football remains the biggest game in the world; it is as beautiful as it is simple. It is about 11 players working harder than their opponents and, regardless of the pay cheque, if the will is there you can win the game. And if you do that over and over, you can rule the world…

Congratulations to Leicester City, and thank you for showing us just how beautiful football can be, so much more than a game…

 

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