Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli well and truly stole the show before Leicester City’s first match since becoming Premier League champions earlier this week.
The 57-year-old performed in front of a packed and jubilant crowd at the King Power Stadium as Leicester’s heroes prepared for their penultimate match of what has been the most remarkable season against Everton.
With Claudio Ranieri stood next to him, the brilliant Bocelli blasted out a spine-tingling rendition of “Nessun Dorma” followed by “Time to Say Goodbye”. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Bocelli, who lost his sight following an accident during a football match when he was 12, admitted this week that he was the one who called Ranieri - rather than vice-versa.
“I got Ranieri’s number off [Javier] Zanetti, so I called him and said: ‘Look Ranieri, it’s Bocelli, I would love to do this thing.’ He was very happy; he is a man with an innate elegance. Next, everything was arranged through my manager and the club.
“My passion for football has no limits and comes from when I was a child in college. I followed everything then. Then, this Leicester season has really caught my eye. I think it has garnered attention from everyone as they are an extraordinary example of clean football, a small team becoming great thanks to the strength of the group spirit.
“They are a lesson in life: where there is a will there is a way. And then, there’s an Italian driving the whole thing. There’s the story of [Jamie] Vardy, from a factory worker to a champion, who realises his dream. How do you tell me not to get caught [up in all of this]?”
Video: Bocelli sings before Leicester v Everton
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