This time last season, Jamie Vardy could have walked down any high street in the country and expect to go unnoticed. He may have been a Premier League footballer and even a one-time England international but few outside of Leicester City would recognise him.
As he prepares to help the Foxes defend their title, Vardy is no doubt feeling philosophical about his meteoric rise. Twenty-four goals on his way to lifting the Premier League, a key role in England's European Championships campaign and an offer to join one of the country's biggest clubs, Arsenal.
To top it all off, he also married his long-term partner Becky, selling the photo rights to Hello! Magazine. Needless to say, it has certainly been a busy 12 months for the man who used to turn up to training drunk and/or wearing an electronic tag around his ankle.
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With his reputation at an all-time high, it is now a lot harder for Vardy to navigate himself down Leicester's high street than it used to be. Indeed, the striker has admitted that he now doesn't bother leaving the house because he knows what "carnage" it would cause.
“It is carnage. I basically can’t go out at the minute and I don’t leave my house,” he told The Telegraph.
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“I have put myself on a curfew but without the tag on my ankle [after being charged with assault in 2007].
“It was alright-ish before but now it doesn’t matter where you go. It changed after breaking the record, when I scored 11 league goals in a row.
“Now I prefer to stay at home and spend more time with the kids and on my computer, time with my wife. I’m still pinching myself all the time at how the last few years have gone.”
From non-league Fleetwood Town to Euro 2016, Vardy's inspirational story has already convinced Hollywood bigwigs to invest in a zero-to-hero movie while a book deal will see his autobiography released later this year.
Rejecting the chance to move to Arsenal was the fairytale ending for that story and Vardy explained why he believe Leicester, who will contest the Champions League this season, is the better place to be.
“I feel the club is still going up. It’s like one of those fairground rides, the volcano ones where you sit in a chair and just go ‘whoosh’! That’s what the owners want as well, and so does the boss,” he continued.
“There is forward momentum with the club and unfinished business in terms of what we can achieve."
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