Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will be knighted after all

The accolades continue to pour onto Claudio Ranieri like confetti at King Power Stadium the day of Leicester City’s title hoisting. On the heels of back-to-back Manager of the Month awards, the Enzo Bearzot Award, the LMA Manager of the Year and Premier League manager of the year honours, the Leicester City manager is poised to get a knighthood as well.

According to the Goal, Ranieri will be rewarded with the third highest ranking of Italian Knights by president Sergio Mattarella for “merits acquired by the nation” in sports.

Per the source, Ranieri’s honour will be one step higher than the one given to the entire Italian national team for World Cup victory in 1982 and 2006.

Among the recipients of the Italian knighthood are opera singer Andrea Bocelli – who sang at Leicester City the day they were awarded the Premier League title, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, former New York City mayor Rudi Giuliani and film legend Federico Fellini.

The Italian boss was hired by Leicester City after a journeyman career across Europe that included only limited success with the likes of Chelsea, Monaco, Inter Milan, Roma and Juventus. In one of the greatest feats in the history of sports, Ranieri led Leicester City – who were given 5,000-to-1 odds – to the Premier League title.

Ranieri has also been nominated for a knighthood in the United Kingdom.

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