Jamie Vardy Breaks Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League Goalscoring Record

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has broken the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games, netting for the 11th successive fixture during his side’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday evening.

The 28-year-old struck at Newcastle United last weekend to draw level with former Old Trafford hero Ruud van Nistelrooy as the joint-record holder, but Vardy scored against the Red Devils to give his side a 1-0 lead on Saturday. Bleacher Report UK broke down his 11-game run, producing an astounding 13 goals:

After breaking the record for Premier League strikes, now Vardy’s attentions will turn to the all-time record in English top-flight matches. Sky Sports News HQ reminded us of those figures recently:

It was only too fitting that the record-breaking strike came against Van Nistelrooy's former club, Manchester United, and ex-Red Devil Gary Neville noted the Foxes had a bit of United about themselves in the buildup, per Squawka:

It’s a remarkable achievement for a forward who has made incredible improvements in recent weeks. Indeed, there have even been rumours linking the Leicester man with a potential move to Real Madrid, per El Mundo (h/t Mark Brus of Metro).

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And while he may have been considered a relative nobody but several years ago, Vardy is surely a coveted hitman these days, with Spanish daily AS questioning his current worth in the transfer market:

TalkSPORT Drive reiterated that sentiment by outlining the value that sits in England's lower leagues, urging Premier League outfits not to neglect the talent right under their noses:

Having signed from Fleetwood Town for Leicester in 2012, Vardy had long been viewed as an effective player and willing worker but someone who had an erratic end product. But under the astute tutelage of Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, he’s channeled his raw playing style superbly and added a wonderful composure in front of goal, too.

Leicester City forward turned Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker was among the first to praise the history-making moment on Saturday:

The challenge for the England international will be to preserve these levels for the rest of the season and prove he is an elite striker, not just a decent player in sensational form.

Aside from Vardy's individual achievement, it was of course worth pointing out that a win for Leicester would have brought them back to the summit of the Premier League, per NBC Sports producer Jeff Kassouf:

Granted, he is not going to continue scoring in every game, and there have been some suggestions that the striker is not fully fit at the moment.

But there’s a chance for Leicester and Vardy to achieve something very special this season, and toppling this mark will fill the forward and the rest of his team-mates with masses of confidence with some difficult challenges to come.