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Wild celebrations as Leicester crowned EPL champions


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Leicester City 3 Everton 1

Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli treated the King Power Stadium to a stirring pre-match performance ahead of Leicester City’s coronation as Premier League champions on Saturday.

The 57-year-old Italian was led to a stage in the centre of the pitch by his compatriot Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester manager, where he performed ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’.

Fans waved blue and white flags as Bocelli sang and roared in approval when he removed his jacket to reveal a blue Leicester home shirt, in a performance that preceded Leicester’s final home game against Everton.

Bocelli’s appearance fulfilled a promise he had made to Ranieri several weeks ago, as Leicester closed in on their astonishing 5,000-1 triumph.

Tears from Claudio Ranieri & the rest of the King Power after a moving performance by @AndreaBocelli
Tears from Claudio Ranieri and the team after a moving performance by Andrea Bocelli. PHOTO @premierleague

Ranieri, standing alongside Bocelli on the podium, appeared to blink back tears during the performance.

He had earlier used Bocelli’s microphone to address the crowd, saying: “We’re champions because you pushed behind us. Thank you. I love you!”

Afterwards, Bocelli posted a picture from his performance on Twitter, writing: “Thank you #Leicester and congratulations.”

Competition winner Steve Worthy, a lifelong Leicester fan, was due to present the trophy to captain Wes Morgan after the game.

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