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Madness on Twitter as Leicester City Rise to Premier League Glory

When researching news relating to Twitter, it's often necessary to sift through reams of articles about very specific happenings and the reaction that they've provoked. This week, only one of those dominated the feed: the unprecedented, shocking ascension of Leicester City to EPL champions.

It's a heartwarming underdog story that's been rippling through the tweet-waves all season. In July Claudio Ranieri, who famously managed Chelsea before José Mourinho, was signed as the comparatively small club's new manager. It's only been upwards from there, as the team routed nearly every opponent they faced, including a 2-0 defeat of Liverpool and a 3-1 battering of Man City a few days later.

Even after a well fought, tragic 2-1 loss to Arsenal which put them out of the running for the FA Cup, the team shone in the face of adversity, electing to take time off to train the team. 7 matches later, they were another 19 points up of a possible 21. For the record, the only thing that placed them short of the full 21 was a 2-2 draw against Albion.

A draw against Chelsea on Monday denied Spurs the 11th win they needed to climb to the top of the table, and that was all she wrote, Leicester were league champs. Cue social media going utter ballistic. I do not exaggerate, Twitter activity surged by 86% in the UK after the news broke, including dozens of celebrities, sporting or otherwise, showing their support.

A lot of the appeal stems from the fact that Leicester have a lot less money than basically any other club at the top of the league table. For comparison's sake, their most expensive disclosed signing of the season was Shinji Okazaki from Mainz 05 for £7 million. Tottenham's priciest transfer, meanwhile, was Bayern Leverkusen's Son Heung-Min, who ran them £22 million. Don't even get me started on the amount of money Chelsea and Man City burned through.

#HavingAParty ended up becoming the banner hashtag for the victory, with much being made of the 5000-1 odds originally set against them. There's even talk of a Hollywood film being made about it. It wouldn't be the first time a massive underdog victory got the cinematic treatment, the 2004 hockey film Miracle, which was based on the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 Olympic hockey game is another example.

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @Songbird_Callum

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Madness on Twitter as Leicester City Rise to Premier League Glory Reviewed by Unknown on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 Rating: 5

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