Even though the snow has settled on the Leicester City story, Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise proves as sobering as ever.
The forward’s incredible journey from non-league obscurity to a Premier League champion and fully-fledged international never fails to inspire. Moreover, you get the impression that Vardy hasn’t changed greatly in the mean time.
While his finishing skills may have been fine-tuned at the King Power stadium, his dietary antics appear unaltered. Moreover, Claudio Ranieri is believed to be accepting these rather baffling and non-league like requests.
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According to The Sun, Vardy is partial to port the nights before big matches.
The 29-year-old has been permitted by Claudio Ranieri to indulge in the Portuguese red wine as means of aiding him sleep. Considering this is a modern day Premier League footballer, such an admission is certainly surprising.
Then again, given the Englishman’s journey through the leagues, such unlikely antics were perhaps more prevalent lower down the EFL pyramid.
Incredibly though, it doesn’t stop there. It’s also believed that Vardy takes on three cans of Red Bull and caffeine packed Espressos on match day. It’s no wonder he runs so fast.
Nevertheless, even minor teams are rife with dieticians these days and the Premier League champions are no different. In the case of Vardy however, perhaps it’s a case of not wanting to alter a winning formula.
If the port and energy drinks worked last season then why change it?
The Englishman’s boss joked: “If this is true why didn’t he score against PORTO?
“The players have a nutrionist who gives them the right things to take – but afterwards, when they go home, as long as they remain professional they can eat and drink what they want.
“I don’t believe port can do something bad to him. It is a glass of red wine. It is ok. For me it is only superstition, nothing more.”
The port powers seemed to have waned this campaign nevertheless though.
It’s been a difficult start to the season for both Leicester and Vardy. The Fixes find themselves in a comparatively lowly twelfth place and their star striker has amassed just three goals.
It must be remembered though, considering the 29-year-old was plying his trade in non-league just five years ago; he has a lot to raise a glass to.
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