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Jamie Vardy ‘Downed Bottle Of Port’ Night Before Breaking Premier League Record

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Jamie Vardy ‘Downed Bottle Of Port’ Night Before Breaking Premier League Record

Jamie Vardy reportedly downed a bottle of port the night before he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League scoring streak.

The Leicester City striker made history when he scored in a record 11th consecutive Premier League game in 2015 - appropriately enough against Manchester United - to separate himself from the great Dutch striker.

Vardy's 24 league goals fuelled Leicester's fairytale Premier League triumph. However the man himself was fuelled by fortified wine - as his teammate at the time, Ritchie De Laet, explained.

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"Well, on the evening before the 11th game, we were in our hotel room," De Laet told Belgian media outlet Sportwereld. "We had our own ritual."

"We would get the team coach driver to buy us a bottle of port, and hide it away in our room.

"I drank a small glass of it - and he polished off the rest of the bottle. The next day he broke the record. What a guy."

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It's well known that - back in the 2015/16 season, at least - Vardy's lifestyle habits weren't exactly traditional.

The Leicester No 9 admitted to having a cheeky glass of port to help him sleep - and even having his own, homebrewed, giant bottle of Skittle vodka. But a whole bottle of port (minus De Laet's small glass) is yet another step.

The famously caffeine-loving Vardy has apparently begun to adhere to more typical nutritional advice in recent years under Brendan Rodgers.

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However he's always trained and played at maximum intensity - and won the Premier League Golden Boot last season having scored 23 goals at the age of 33.

So clearly the port measures - large or small - haven't impacted the Leicester great's remarkable longevity.

Cheers to you, Vards. Bottoms up.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: jamie vardy, Leicester City, Premier League

Alex Reid
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