The story of Leicester's incredible Premier League win in four surprising charts


Struggling to get your head round Leicester's historic Premier League win?

Maybe these charts will help...

The Manager

Chart showing how long it took Ranieri to win title after appointment

There can surely be no man more satisfied about Leicester's Premier League win than Claudio Ranieri, who brought the title to the East Midlands just 294 days after his appointment.

That eclipses the previous record held by Jose Mourinho, whose Chelsea side won the league 332 days after he was unveiled as Ranieri's successor at Stamford Bridge.

And the fact that Mourinho mocked Ranieri when the pair were in Italy, calling him "too old to change his mentality" - we're guessing that makes this record all the more satisfying.

The Team

Graphic showing the cost of Leicester and Chelsea's title-winning teams

It's not a massive surprise to discover that Leicester's title-winning team was assembled for a fraction of the amount that last year's champions Chelsea had spent.

What is striking, though, is that four of Chelsea's individual players - Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Willian and Cesc Fabregas - each cost more on their own than the entire Leicester team.

More than the free transfers, the thing that stands out most is that £380,000 fee paid for PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez. Bargain doesn't begin to cover it.

The Turnaround

Graphic showing Leicester's progress this season compared to last

To call Leicester's last two seasons contrasting plays it down somewhat.

In 2014/15, they spent half of the year rooted to the foot of the table - this year it's been exactly the opposite, and they haven't spent a single day in the bottom half.

This graph also shows how the turnaround began last year under Nigel Pearson. And if you don't agree with that, then you are an ostrich.

The Dream

Graphic showing Leicester's changing title odds throughout the season

As has been well documented, Leicester were 5,000-1 to win the Premier League at the start of the season.

Bookies say that makes it, barring accumulators, the longest odds they've ever paid out on, which gives you some idea of just how crazy this title charge has been.

You can see from this graph as well how long it took bookies to catch up with the idea that Leicester might actually win it - they've been as surprised as anyone.