The stage was set for Jamie Vardy to make history in style. After scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, Vardy’s first-place Leicester City (which is a true fact in real life) happened to go up against Van Nistelrooy’s old club, second-place Man United.
So, wearing a special pair of gold boots and playing in front of a supportive home crowd at the King Power Stadium, all eyes were on the 28-year-old who was playing non-league football three years ago.
And in the 24th minute, he went and did it.
It should be noted that Vardy’s streak is only an English top-flight record for the Premier League era, but it is the first time it’s been done in 64 years.
Though Vardy’s feat has become the feel-good story of the season, his history is a spotty mix of inspiration and ugliness. Turned away by Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager for being too small, Vardy went on to work in a factory and was convicted of assault in 2007 because of a pub fight, forcing him to wear an electronic tag. Earlier this year, he was fined for using a racial slur in a casino dispute.
These two incidents will probably be left out of the Disney film about his life.