Claudio Ranieri has picked up the 2016 edition of Enzo Bearzot Award in Rome in a magical season for the Barclays Premier League winning coach.
The revered accolade is awarded to the Italian manager of the year, as voted for by a jury composed of members of major Italian sports newspapers.
And after helping Leicester City lift the Premier League title for the first time in 132 years, Ranieri, 64, has emerged as this year’s recipient of the prestigious gong.
The award was founded in 2011 to honour Bearzot, the Italy coach who died in 2010 after winning the World Cup in 1982.
“I never met Bearzot but I’ve been told by people that they see his spirit in me and that fills me with pride,” Ranieri said after picking up the award of the best Italian manager of the year in his home town at a glamorous ceremony.
“Honestly, I still haven’t realised what we’ve done. We started off just trying to avoid relegation and you saw what happened.”