Maybe the title is a tad a bit harsh. After all, he was unquestionably the best striker in the Premier League as he led his side to one of the greatest sporting achievements in living memory.
Although the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero both enjoyed fine campaigns too, Vardy’s performances merited his selection as the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
But while that was one feat in a remarkable season that we are likely to never see again, the spillover has continued into this term, as it has emerged that Vardy has finished 8th in the Ballon d’Or voting for 2016.
Final ranking of Ballon d'Or France Football 2016 :
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It’s just another incredible step in what is such a ridiculous Cinderella story that if it were proposed as the plot for a film it would likely be dismissed for not being believable.
Just five years ago the Leicester man was plying his trade for Fleetwood Town in the Conference Premier. And at 24, it’s not like he was a prodigious teenager that one could foresee climbing the ranks all the way to the top flight.
Whilst Leicester City have somewhat come crashing back down to earth this season, they’ll have that title to look back on and Vardy will always be able to say that at one point in time only seven footballers in the world were considered better than him.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena