Claudio Ranieri reacts to the possibility of being knighted

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What Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester players have done this season is nothing short of remarkable.

The Foxes were 5000/1 to win the Premier League before a ball was kicked. They are now eight points clear of Tottenham with just four matches remaining - although they have played a match more.

It would be one of the greatest achievements in football if Leicester can incredibly win the title so how can you possibly start to reward the manager and his players for their efforts?


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Well, last week MPs from Leicester called for Ranieri to receive an honorary knighthood if he manages to lead his side to Premier League glory.

MPs' views

Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth told The Sun: “What Claudio Ranieri has done, not only for Leicester City but for English football, is nothing short of phenomenal,” he said.

“It has been a beautiful fairytale story and fans would surely agree he deserves the recognition an honorary knighthood would bring.

“I shall be doing all I can to persuade the Palace to reward him,” he added.

Fellow Labour MP Keith Vaz echoed Ashworth’s views by saying: “He has united the city and brought together people of different faiths and races,” he said.

“It would be fitting and more than deserved.”

Ranieri's reaction

So what does Ranieri think of the possibility of being honoured?

You can find out by watching the video below - brought to our attention by 101 Great Goals. A journalist asked him about the chance of him being honoured and his reaction was brilliant.

Little does the Italian know that he wouldn’t become a ‘sir’ because he is not a British or Commonwealth citizen - but he certainly seemed to enjoy the idea.

More work to be done

However, the former Chelsea boss will be well aware that there is still plenty of work to do before he can start celebrating winning the league.

Spurs could cut the gap to five points if they can beat Stoke on Monday night.

And Ranieri and his players still face some tough fixtures between now and the end of the season. They face Swansea at home - without the suspended Jamie Vardy - before a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

They host Everton in their penultimate game before an away match against last season’s champions Chelsea on the final day.

Players to be rewarded?

While Ranieri could be knighted if he lifts the Premier League trophy, his players could have streets named after them.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says that their stars could have all their own roads in the city.

“It has been a real team effort, so as well as Vardy Vale we would need to have Schmeichel Street, Drinkwater Drive and Ranieri Road,” he told The Times.

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