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Leicester City players each given BMW i8 by owner

Leicester City players each given BMW i8 by owner

Leicester City FC owner and King Power Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has just bought 19 of his players matching blue BMW i8s, thanking them for their outstanding performance last year.

Surely even those with the most casual of interests of sports is now familiar with Leicester City's remarkable story last season, having leaped from the jaws of relegation to champions in less than a year. So to say this squad is deserving of a bonus, is a great understatement.

While many of the star players, such as the record-breaking Jamie Vardy, have signed new lucrative deals, we imagine all 19 of the players will appreciate such an extravagant gift. For some of the less celebrated names in the squad particularly, who don't have quite such large wage packets as we tend to associate with Premier League footballers, we imagine they'll be quite touched by the gift.

Srivaddhanaprabha has chosen all 19 i8s to be the same blue - the colour of the team's home strip - which serves as a symbol of the squad's famed unity, which many cited as key to their success last season.

Football fans will notice 19 players is not quite a whole squad, which is due to the four players who have left the team in the past few months. Most notably, N'Golo Kante who has joined Chelsea FC.

Originally the squad had been promised a Mercedes B-Class Electric drive, but Srivaddhanaprabha clearly decided to push the boat out and go for something a bit more exciting. Much to the chagrin of BMW we're sure. Clearly the Leciester City owner is keen on electric vehicles however and is looking to reduce the squad's carbon footprint.

Still, with a fortune of $3.3 billion, some would say Srivaddhanaprabha should be stretching to the i8, given the combined cost of $2.7 million for the 19 BMWs is far below what the player's have earnt for the club with their victory.

And for those who think they would rather have just taken the money the i8 cost Srivaddhanaprabha, well, the players are being given a roughly £300,000 bonus as well, so we don't think they'll be complaining.