Leicester City are the Premier League champions, and they have a new hero, coming in the unlikely form of Eden Hazard – the man who has been a massive flop for Chelsea this year.
Last night, Tottenham Hotspur could not overcome Chelsea, and only managed a 2-2 draw in a feisty affair at Stamford Bridge. Despite being 2-0 up due to the evergreen Harry Kane and the lesser-seen Son Heung-min, Spurs managed to concede two goals in the second half thanks to centre-back Gary Cahill and the out-of-favour Eden Hazard, who scored an absolute beauty of a curler from outside of the box.
Spurs’ failure to win was crucial in the fact that in meant that it is now mathematically impossible for them to catch Leicester City, meaning that Claudio Ranieri has won his first Premier League title.
Stand out performances from players such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel among many others have enable Leicester to maintain their grip on first place since before Christmas, and whilst other teams have fallen off in the race, they have remained calm and composed.
In what has been lauded as the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”, small under-funded teams around the world can draw hope from the inspirational story of Leicester, who only just managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League last season. Truly mind-blowing stuff!
To mark the 2 year anniversary of the infamous Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea, allowing Demba Ba to nick the ball and pretty much end Liverpool’s title hopes, we take a look at some of the greatest memes to come out of this disastrous moment.
The slip came after the Liverpool captan was famously filmed in a huddle with his teammates insisting that they could not let their point advantage at the top of the Premier League slip as Manchester City were right on their tails. Gerrard had never won a Premier League title, so understandably he was determined to push on… oh fate, you are so cruel!
(Apologies Liverpool fans)
Liverpool famously lost out to Manchester City after the untimely slip. This is just cruel…
Man City fans really relished the slip…
Simple yet effective…
Even wrestling fans got in on the action, replacing the slip with a well-timed Randy Orton RKO outta nowhere…
Did Gerrard slip, or was he tackled?
A slightly more *ahem* creative take on the unfortunate slip…
And finally… it wouldn’t be right without Fergie getting in on the act, right?
However, there is no doubting that, other than this one slip, Gerrard has had an amazing career, widely regarded as one of the best centre midfielders of his generation; it is a travesty he never won more silverware. Although, he has still got a lot of talent and would be a welcome addition to any top team, as you can see from this impressive goal for LA Galaxy…
Each year since the 1973/74 season, the top-flight players in England get to vote on who they think should win the PFA Player of the Year Award. Below is a list of all of the previous PFA Player of the Year winners…
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Riyad Mahrez has made history by becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award. In fact, he is only the second non-European player to win the prestigious award, after Luis Suarez was voted by his peers as the winner of the award in the 2013/14 season.
Bought for approximately £400,ooo in the summer of 2014, Mahrez has really shone this season as the main goal threat for Leicester City alongside the prolific Jamie Vardy in their incredible battle to make arguably the greatest piece of history so far in the Premier League era. His explosive pace and tricky feet have proved too much for many Premier League defenders this year, so it comes as no surprise that he won; what is surprising is that he is the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.
Yaya Toure has long been considered one of the best midfielders in the Premier League in recent years, and, other than his overly confident (read: arrogant) attitude, he is a true spectacle to watch. With his departure from English football seemingly imminent, it is a true shame that he wasn’t the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award… that is to take nothing away from Mahrez, who has been an absolute pleasure to watch on so many occasions this season.
Mahrez, upon winning, dedicated his award to his Leicester team-mates saying “All the credit is for them seriously.” With two other Leicester City players named among the nominees for the award (Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante), it was only right that he acknowledged the achievements of his team-mates too, by revealing that “Without his [my] team-mates he [I] wouldn’t get this award.”
Congratulations once again to Riyad Mahrez on becoming the first African winner of the PFA Player of the Year award!
Andrea Pirlo has claimed that Mesut Özil is the “most creative player in Europe right now” due to the huge number of chances he creates for his Arsenal team-mates.
There can’t be much more of an honour in football than being complimented by the legendary ex-Juventus pass-master. He claims that Özil has “vision like nobody else in Europe” and rejoiced in the fact that the German “Creates an unbelievable amount of chances for attackers playing ahead of him.”
If the 27-year-old keeps up this blistering hot form, surely he has a chance of making it into Germany’s European Championships squad, despite the already huge array of talent available at Joachim Löw’s disposal.