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Vardy helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League (Credits: Getty)

Jamie Carragher says Leicester City’s title win in 2016 is the greatest ever achievement in Premier League history, above any of Sir Alex Ferguson’s league triumphs with Manchester United and Arsenal’s Invincibles.

Claudio Ranieri’s team shocked the world, defying odds of 5000-1 to claim the club’s first and only ever top-flight league title in their 136-year history.

Despite Ferguson’s Red Devils remaining the only ever side to win the domestic treble in 1999, and Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles Arsenal going a whole league campaign without losing a single game, Carragher thinks the Foxes’ achievement trumps them all.

In a column for The Telegraph, he wrote: ‘Leicester City’s 2016 title stands alone as the greatest achievement, certainly in the Premier League era. 

‘At a time when money talks at the top, and the top six have such a financial advantage over everyone else, Leicester’s win was such a shock and an anomaly I am not sure how it can be beaten.

‘Of all the Premier League wins, Leicester’s is the only one no-one could have predicted. You would have to go back to Nottingham Forest in 1978 to find a club that so rapidly emerged from being recently promoted to champions.

Wenger’s side went a whole season without losing a game (Picture: Getty)

‘There are persuasive counter-arguments for fans of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to claim their best sides are the genuine game-changers in English football, making them the greatest of champions. I sympathise with that view because of their distinguishing features.

‘The achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 treble winners was unprecedented. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ achieved what no club had managed since Preston North End in 1889, going unbeaten for an entire league season. 

‘When Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho got together in 2004-05, the power dynamic of the English game shifted forever, United forced to react to the financial powerhouse at Stamford Bridge, allied to the tactical cunning and brilliance of the Chelsea team that emerged inspired by John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

‘Although the United team of ‘99 is remembered more fondly, I consider Ferguson’s title and Champions League winners in 2008 his best team.

‘That followed a rebuilding process during which United had to respond to a formidable new rival. Those trophies must have given Ferguson as much professional satisfaction as any he won. 

‘Liverpool’s title win [this season] will not be tarnished if it is confirmed in a printed statement rather than on the field of play, but circumstances beyond the club’s control will certainly affect how it is remembered by future generations. 

‘But even if they had proceeded in a normal season and made it to the points century, that story could not not be as dramatic or romantic as Claudio Ranieri’s title win in 2016. Leicester will remain as the greatest title winners.’

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