Few could have imagined just two years after getting promotion back to the top flight of English football, Leicester City orchestrated a magical fairy tale of overcoming all odds that not only saw them winning the elusive title, but also gave hope and inspired people from all over the world.
This is Khun Vichai’s legacy, and it will live on with the Foxes till the end of time.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of the English Premier League club Leicester City F.C., died when a helicopter he was in crashed outside the team’s King Power Stadium after the match against West Ham United, the team confirmed Sunday night. He was 60.
Srivaddhanaprabha, a suitable title bestowed on the 60-year-old entrepreneur by the Thai royal family was due to their recognition of his success and philanthropy., and well deserved to say the least.
The Thai businessman bought a struggling Leicester during their stint in the second tier of football and cleared all their debts of almost £100 million. He donated £1 million to Leicester University’s medical department, another £1 million to Leicester Royal Infirmary and £2.5m towards a children’s hospital in Leicester. These efforts and kind gestures that he made be it buying the players a BMW after their league winning run, or donating the millions of dollars to charities, were not done for publicity neither was it for his ego, but simply because he had a good heart.
For a club owner who operates with such passion and respect to his players, it was no surprise that even top-scorer Jamie Vardy invited him to his wedding, something not common among footballers and their managers.
Former players pour in to show their respect.
Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone.
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) October 28, 2018
Algerian Riyad Mahrez who had spent the early success of his career with Leicester, dedicated a goal to the late philanthropist.
“It has been very difficult for me”
Manchester City’s match-winner Riyad Mahrez speaks about the tragic events at former club Leicester this weekend.
— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) October 29, 2018
“The boss was very special to me,” he told Sky Sports.
“I spent four and a half years there, I have many memories of him. He was such a good person; a good human.
“When I scored, I put my hands up to the sky for him. He did a lot for me and for Leicester.
“He was like a dad. He was very special. He was such a good person, a big heart and it was heartbreaking and shocking for me to hear this news and for all of the other people who died with him.”
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