Leicester City came into the 2015-16 season with very little expectations as they finished 14th last season and were favourites to be relegated for the better part of their campaign. As a result, the bookmakers showed little faith in the club and the Foxes were given odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League last August.
However, Leicester City’s wait for their first Premier League title came to an end after Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Monday.
Here’s a look at five events which had higher odds than that of Leicester winning the Premier League at the start of the 2015-16 season:
Andy Murray to name his first born Novak (500/1)
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are currently the two top ranked men’s tennis players in the world and their rivalry is no secret. Weirdly, the betting odds on Murray naming his first born after his rival was ten times better than the Foxes winning their first ever Premier League trophy.
Loch Ness Monster being discovered (500/1)
Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster has been an integral part of Scottish folklore for a very long time and it refers to a mythical being which inhibits the Loch Ness lake in the Scottish Highlands. Surprisingly, the discovery of a monster was better favoured by the bookmakers than Leicester winning the title!
Kim Kardashian becoming US President by 2020 (2000/1)
The American TV celebrity is famous for many reasons, but her political acumen is not one of them. But, with billionaire businessman Donald Trump leading the Republican candidate race in the 2016 US elections and her husband (Kanye West) already putting his name in the hat as a contender for the Presidency in 2020, this really does not look like that long a shot.
Piers Morgan to become next Arsenal manager (2500/1)
The British TV personality is one of the most hated individuals among Arsenal fans due to constant criticism of the club and their manager Arsene Wenger. As a result, it can safely be said that his appointment as the next manager of the London club will surely seem impossible. In spite of all the logical reasons, the odds of this happening were twice that of Leicester’s title-winning chances.
The Pope playing for the Scottish football club Rangers (4000/1)
The Pope is the supreme religious leader of the world’s Roman Catholic population and the Rangers Football Club in Scotland stands as a symbol of pride for the Protestants in the country. The obvious absurdity of the Pope signing for a football club aside, this is a scenario which seems quite impossible in the wildest of imaginations. Yet, the odds of it happening were rated 1.25 times that of Leicester winning its first Premier League in its 132-year history.