Claudio Ranieri used pizza, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha used BMW i8’s.
Leicester City’s manager and chairman have gone about rewarding their players in very different ways but Jamie Vardy and co. certainly aren’t complaining with their latest gifts.
Srivaddhanaprabha has bought every player from last season’s title-winning squad a supercar worth £105,000, although The Sun claim N’Golo Kante, Joe Dodoo, Andrej Kramaric and Yohan Benalouane missed out.
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But what for the man who oversaw it all? The man who built the squad and led it to a historic title success? The man who endeared his team to the country with his quirky, modest style?
You would presume that Srivaddhanaprabha would go one step further in his present to Ranieri. His own pizza restaurant, for example.
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But judging by Ranieri’s reaction to finding out his players had received new cars, he hasn’t received anything from the Thai businessman.
Christmas came early for Leicester’s players but apparently not for the 64-year-old.
“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said when quizzed on the supercars. “There is some gift? Only for them? Not for me? Unbelievable! I want to speak with my owner!"
Ranieri was then asked if he was getting his own i8. He replied: “I don't know, I don't know. It's true? I don't know..."
He may not have a brand new BMW but you can bet your bottom dollar that Ranieri was extravagantly rewarded for defying odds of 5,000/1.
His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by his peers. The former Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Year. And that was how England recognised his achievement.
In his home country of Italy, he received the Enzo Bearzot Award, which is handed to the best Italian manager each year.
What if Leicester win the Champions League?
Srivaddhanaprabha’s gifts might go some way to convincing Leicester’s players to stay at the King Power Stadium. Riyad Mahrez has been linked with Arsenal but it’s hard to imagine Stan Kroenke rewarding him so luxuriously.
The chairman has also given his players an added incentive to defend their title this season. Perhaps new Bugatti Chiron’s, worth £1.9 million, will be in the offing if Leicester win the Champions League.