Jamie Vardy has revealed that he would like hard-man Vinnie Jones to play him if there is a Hollywood film made about his life.
Film writers are considering making a blockbuster movie about the Leicester City striker following his unbelievable rags to riches tale.
Vardy met up with Adrian Butchart after the Hollywood screenwriter had just watched the 29-year-old score twice in a 2-0 victory over Liverpool.
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Butchart was responsible for the Goal! trilogy and must have been impressed with the two goals as he sat in a private box with Vardy’s agent John Morris and his fiancee Rebecca Nicholson.
Vardy, who currently tops the Premier League goalscoring charts as his side sit top of the table, has admitted that the film is likely to happen and revealed that he wants the footballer-turned-actor to play the main role.
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“At the minute, the film does look like it’s probably going to go ahead,” he claimed. “They must be mad to be honest with you, but they want to do it.”
And when asked about which actor he wants to portray him, Vardy felt Jones would be the ideal man.
“We’ll have to wait and see, but I’d like Vinnie Jones.”
It’s hard to deny that Vardy’s story is Hollywood-worthy.
He was released by his hometown club Sheffield Wednesday as a 16-year-old and thought that his dream of playing professional football was over.
He joined Stockbridge Park Steels - a non-league side where he earned £30-a-week for three seasons whilst working in a factory that made medical splints.
He remained in non-league football when he moved to Halifax Town in 2010 where he scored 27 goals in 37 league games during his only season at the club.
Fleetwood Town recognised his potential and snapped him up. Vardy continued his remarkable goalscoring record, scoring 31 goals in 36 matches in the league - creating interest from many professional clubs.
The Foxes took the chance on him and spent £1 million on the striker, with the fee rising to £1.7 million.
He had a difficult first season at Leicester and it was reported that he considered leaving football after his poor form brought criticism on social media. The then manager, Nigel Pearson and assistant Craig Shakespeare, had to persuade him to continue with the club.
The following season, he won the Players’ Player of the Year award while the club won promotion to the top-flight.
But Vardy wasn’t finished there.
Last season, he inspired his club to a remarkable escape from relegation scoring winning goals against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley as well as scoring one and assisting four in the incredible 5-3 victory against Manchester United.
But it wasn't until this campaign that Vardy hit the headlines and - possibly - the cinema screens.
Vardy broke the Premier League record of scoring in consecutive records when he notched in 11 straight league matches, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of ten.
His 19 league goals has seen Leicester turn from relegation candidates into title contenders and he recently signed a £75,000-a-week contract at the club.
It really is an astonishing story.