There was hardly a dry eye at Wembley as Leicester chairman Top Srivaddhanaprabha was presented with the FA Cup by his players - as they all then pointed to the sky in tribute to his late father.
Leicester had defeated Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Youri Tielemans' second-half screamer. But the emotional outpouring at the final whistle was second to that shared by the players, manager Brendan Rodgers and Srivaddhanaprabha after full-time.
After Leicester had lifted the trophy, the players insisted that their chairman - whose father Vichai tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2018 - join in their celebrations.
"You won't see another owner come on the pitch like that and be LOVED!"
This is special :blue_heart:@LCFC players present chairman Top Srivaddhanaprabha with the #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/f4ngsAp4As
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 15, 2021
After Top had embraced several of the players and Rodgers, Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel presented the chairman with the cup. As the players roared and surrounded him, the 35-year-old Thai businessman lifted the trophy aloft.
So emotional! I'm so happy for this amazing club. The owner and his late father have done everything the right way and the good guys have won today. Congratulations Leicester!
- Chris Pascall (@ChrisPascall) May 15, 2021
Poignantly, a large mural in tribute to his father, the former Leicester chairman, hung over some of the Wembley seating - as Top raised a finger to the sky in tribute.
"Our dreams can come true... If we have the courage to pursue them," read the quote from Vichai.
Scenes! I think this has been my favourite moment of the night.- Jacquelyn Lazarus (@JackyLazarus) May 15, 2021
Just seeing the joy on Top Srivaddhanaprabha's face. The reverence for the trophy. The love for the team. For the players & the manager.
Truly special. https://t.co/Jg26V1VoqZ
Take note @premierleague football team owners. This is a true owner, a valued member of the team and obviously well loved by all connected to the club! Congratulations @LCFC #football #PremierLeague https://t.co/4Gcs49gtUw- Tony Dancaster (@TonyDancaster) May 15, 2021
Sheer envy of the relationship between the owners and the team. That is football at its best- R J Lloyd (@richardlloyd88) May 15, 2021
Well in Leicester - you are everything right with football
As a Manchester United fan, I have to say I'm envious and jealous of Leicester City. This is how a clubs owners should be. Congratulations to Leicester City they deserved to win! #GlazersOut #FACupFinal
- bawl-sac (@Billy_5722) May 15, 2021
On BT Sport, Dion Dublin and Rio Ferdinand explained exactly why there was such a special connection between the Leicester owners, fans, players and manager.
"I don't think you'll see another owner come on the pitch like that and be loved, like this man's being loved," said Dublin.
Ferdinand explained: "You know what they [the owners] do? They back the club, they back their managers, but there's a face to it - that's the difference.
"There's clubs that are owned by people who put money in etc, but they stand behind the curtain. These guys are there."
That was for you, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha :blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/WCbGJKG6TK- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 15, 2021
It was Leicester's fifth FA Cup final - but their first victory - an incredible moment of success coming after the Foxes' fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016.
Featured image credit: BT Sport/Twitter
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