Jamie Vardy wears gold boots, scores in record 11th consecutive Premier League game

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.

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