Emotional Gary Lineker struggles to comprehend Leicester heroics

Date published: Tuesday 3rd May 2016 7:42

Gary Lineker: Set to present MOTD in his underpants

Former striker Gary Lineker believes Leicester achieved the impossible after the Foxes were crowned Premier League champions.

Lineker will now have to present an episode of Match of the Day next season in his underpants following a pledge made on Twitter after the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Chelsea in December.

Lineker told Radio 5 Live: ”’I just think it’s generally the biggest sporting shock. I can’t think of anything that surpasses it. When it’s your own team it’s too extraordinary. Too difficult to put over in words.

”To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn’t hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

”I’ve followed them since I was a little kid…I saw them in a cup final – lose – that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.

”There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I’d have said ‘Nah, it’s a waste of a quid’.

”It’s extraordinary. I’m from there and I went to play for them for a couple of years. I even kind of part owned them for a while when they were in trouble.

“To see where they are now and to enjoy this moment especially with my family, it’s incredible.”

Mark Selby was winning his second world snooker title at the time, but a big Leicester fan, he had double cause to celebrate afterwards.

”I can’t believe it – I don’t know what’s more of a shock, me winning the title twice or Leicester becoming the champions. Hopefully in another two years I’ll come back and win it again and Leicester will be Premier League champions again.”

Leicester mayor and lifelong fan Sir Peter Soulsby said: ”’The first thing now is we can book the open top bus. I have deliberately not been doing any announcements in how we are going to celebrate until it was confirmed but the preparations will begin for the celebrations which will take place immediately after the end of the season.”

On whether manager Claudio Ranieri would get the freedom of Leicester, he added: ”I bet there will be a lot of people asking for it. It’s too early to say how we’re going to do it but I’m sure we’ll want to recognise what’s been an amazing achievement for Claudio and an amazing team.”

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