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Leicester City: Premier League champions the toast of Thailand

Updated 1654 GMT (0054 HKT) May 19, 2016
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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri (center) gives a traditional Thai "wai" gesture of welcome as fans of the English Premier League soccer champions greet the Thai-owned team in Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Ranieri steered Leicester, owned by billionaire businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, to the most unlikely triumph in Premier League history as it won the competition by 10 points from second-placed Arsenal. Jon Sanders, the Leicester player liaison officer, told the Leicester Mercury newspaper: "One million people on the streets to welcome the Premier League champions in Bangkok. Incredible." LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester fans run through a cheerleading routine as they prepare to welcome the victorious Foxes players and staff to the city. Some of Bangkok's major roads were closed to traffic for the parade, which centered on Sukhumvit Road, a street that crosses the city. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fans wave a giant flag as Leicester's football players and owners parade through the streets of Bangkok on an open-top bus. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Huge crowds thronged to enjoy a glimpse of the Premier League trophy and the Leicester stars who won it. The team lost only three league games all season on its way to glory. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Foxes mastermind Ranieri waves to his adoring public as the bus makes its way through Bangkok. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The streets of Bangkok became a sea of Leicester blue as vast crowds turned out to greet the English champions. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester's Robert Huth (left), Wes Morgan (top center), Leonardo Ulloa (bottom center) and Kasper Schmeichel (right) take in the acclaim during the bus tour. Star striker Jamie Vardy and midfielder Danny Drinkwater were absent after international call-ups by England coach Roy Hodgson. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Leicester victory parade continues as dusk begins to fall. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Before the parade, Ranieri, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (first row, seventh left) and his son, Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt "Top" Srivaddhanaprabha (first row, sixth right), joined the players to kneel and pay their respects to a picture of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving monarch, as they received a royal seal of approval at Bangkok's Grand Palace. Aiyawatt said the players were "massive in Thailand now." STR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Ranieri, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (second row, center) and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (second row, center right) join players and staff in front of the Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok. STR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Ranieri offers a traditional Thai greeting as he takes part in a presentation of the Premier League trophy at the headquarters of King Power, Srivaddhanaprabha's company. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester defenders Christian Fuchs and Morgan, who is the team's captain, greet the press as the squad arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Morgan said: "We're always extremely proud to come here and we know how much it means to the owners, who have done so much for the club in the last six years." LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester fans in Bangkok pose with a replica Premier League trophy before a live screening of the Leicester vs. Everton match on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season. Leicester, confirmed as champion when rival Tottenham failed to win earlier that week, triumphed 3-1 to add even more gloss to their remarkable triumph. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's jubilant players and staff are greeted by a banner of congratulations as they arrive in Thailand. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images