Italian soccer coach Claudio Ranieri got an honorary degree in sports sciences (“Scienze e tecniche dello sport”) from the University of Perugia, the latest addition to a string of accolades showered on the 65-year-old Roman soccer coach since he led English football club Leicester City to the Premier League title last season.
Claudio Ranieri, an Italian knight
The “Foxes”, the nickname of the Leicester City in Britain, and Ranieri’s triumph was so remarkable that the Roman manager was honored with an Italian knighthood by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
Ranieri received the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for “merits acquired by the nation” in the field of sports. Caludio Ranieri joins to a diverse collection of famous names which have been awarded the Grande Ufficiale, including former president of the United States John F. Kennedy, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, film director Federico Fellini and opera singers Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.
What’s next: Sir Claudio?
Also, a group of Leicester MPs wrote to the Cabinet Office to nominate Ranieri for an honorary UK knighthood in recognition of his and his team’s achievements. According to the MPs, the Italian has overseen one of English football’s most remarkable transformations as Leicester have gone from relegation candidates to champions in the space of a year.
A host of trophies
Claudio Ranieri has won a host of trophies. Including the Premio Bearzot 2016 which crowned him as “best Italian manager of the year”, the Premio Liedholm 2016, for his success and his “fair play”, and the “Mecenate dello Sport-Varaldo di Pietro”, which focuses on the social and moral values of sports and recognized Rainieri as a true “Ambassador for the Made in Italy”.