Jamie Vardy has taken a pathway to the top of English football that is as unorthodox as it is downright bizarre.
From non-league striker to Premier League champion within the space of four years, the Leicester ace boasts a story befitting of a movie storyline.
His rise to stardom came close to taking a significant turn this summer when he rejected a transfer to Arsenal in favour of trying to help the Foxes defend their league title.
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Vardy’s incredible career has been documented in an autobiography –Jamie Vardy: From nowhere, My Story – which reveals some startling details of his life before reaching the big time.
The latest excerpt describes how the 29-year-old prepares for each match – information that leaves ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown convinced his former club dodged a bullet by failing to land the striker.
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Vardy claims to drink port the evening before a game, followed by a pre-match intake including three cans of Red Bull and a double espresso.
He also admitted that a habit of drinking vodka with Skittles served to prolong his recovery from a dead leg he suffered prior to signing for the Foxes.
Drawing on his experience of the dietary requirements enforced during his time at Arsenal, Keown believes Vardy might not have been a suitable signing for the Gunners.
"At Arsenal we had a slow sugar diet. Carbohydrates, protein, the sort of approach that was meant to take us into a game in a steady state," Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
"At half-time, we were allowed a little chocolate and then after the game we were encouraged to 'refuel', taking on sugar drinks and more chocolate.
"Arsene Wenger would tell us to visualise our muscles being shrivelled by the exertion of 90 minutes of play and that by taking on liquid those muscles would recover again.
"He said alcohol would delay that process. Maybe it's a good thing Jamie Vardy did not sign for Arsenal!”
There is little doubt that Vardy is one of the deadliest goalscorers in the country irrespective of what he ingests before stepping onto the pitch.
Despite having just two league goals under his belt from six appearances so far this term, few would bat an eyelid if his unconventional preparation methods see him soar up the charts as the season moves along.
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