Jamie Vardy has got plenty to be happy about after a stellar season for Leicester City. The Englishman has scored a Premier League leading 19 goals so far this season and looks set to take home his first Golden Boot at the end of the campaign.
His goals have helped Leicester to the top of the table where they currently sit two points clear of both Tottenham and Arsenal. Had they held on for just a few more seconds against the Gunners last Sunday, they would have been three points ahead. Still, they remain one of the favourites for the title despite starting the season as a 5000/1 shot.
Not only that, but the in-form 29-year-old was recently handed a bumper new contract by the Foxes. Thought to be worth £75,000-a-week over three-and-a-half years, the new deal will see him earn around £13million, not including bonuses.
So, to celebrate a fine few months, Vardy saw fit to treat himself to a new motor. A £168,000 Bentley Continental sufficed. He even found the money to spruce out for a personalised number plate, which reads 'J9 VDY'.
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According to DVLA, the number plate comes with the modest price tag of £250.
Repaying the faith
Vardy had been linked with a January move to the Premier League's so-called elite clubs with Chelsea and Manchester United both credited with an interest. Vardy wasn't interested and remained completely focussed on the mission at the King Power Stadium. He has now committed the bulk of his remaining playing days to the club.
On his new deal, Vardy recently said: “Leicester City have shown nothing but total faith in me since the day I arrived here three and a half years ago and it’s impossible to measure how much that belief has helped me to improve. I’ll spend every day working to repay it.”
It now seems that only injury would stop Vardy from travelling to France with Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016. He is likely to go into the competition as one of Europe's most in-form strikers.
Having seen him defy the odds this season, you can be sure he will be amongst the punter's favourite to claim the Golden Boot ahead of bigger names like Poland's Robert Lewandowski and France's Karim Benzema.
With Neymar, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez all hailing from outside Europe, there will be an excellent opportunity for someone like Vardy to well and truly take centre stage.