Claudio Ranieri to Be Honoured with the Italian Equivalent of a Knighthood

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterMay 20, 2016

Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) gestures as he along with the club's football players and owners parade in an open-bus with the Premier League trophy through Bangkok on May 19, 2016.
Newly crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City received a royal seal of approval on May 19 at Bangkok's Grand Palace, with the Thai-owned team presenting its trophy to a portrait of the king before a bus parade through the capital. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The acclaim just keeps rolling in for Claudio Ranieri.

Having led Leicester City to a shock Premier League title win in 2015/16, the Italian coach is now set to be honoured further with a knighthood in his home country.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has called for Ranieri to be bestowed with the title of Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the third-highest rank that can be awarded to an Italian knight.

He will be awarded with the title by President Sergio Mattarella, granting him a higher ranking than that bestowed on Italy's 1982 and 2006 World Cup winners and on par with former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and opera singers Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli—the latter of whom joined Ranieri on the King Power Stadium pitch before Leicester's final home game of the season.

[h/t Goal]

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