His first came during an unforgettable game. Trailing 3-1 to Manchester United in September 2014, the Foxes overturned a two-goal deficit to record a famous 5-3 victory, with Vardy scoring the fourth of the afternoon.
After introducing himself to the top-flight stage in emphatic fashion, vital strikes against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley followed that term, but it was the 2015/16 campaign in which Vardy dominated headlines around the world.
Vardy's Top 10 Premier League Goals
After scoring his 50th Premier League goal, Jamie Vardy reveals his top 10 strikes to LCFC TV.
The England international scored 24 goals en route to the title, becoming the first man ever to net in 11 consecutive Premier League games. A brace against Everton on the final day of the season capped a stunning 10 months for the No.9.
His first ever Foxes hat-trick against Manchester City proved to be the highlight of 2016/17, while a productive start to the current campaign has seen him take his overall Premier League tally to a half-century.
As a result of Vardy’s impressive milestone, LCFC.com takes a look at the Club’s top 10 Premier League goalscorers…
10. Les Ferdinand – 12 goals
The former striker joined the Foxes from West Ham United in the summer of 2003, scoring 12 Premier League goals.
Despite joining the Club at the age of 37, Les Ferdinand managed to hit double figures for the Foxes. His total included four strikes in five games across February and March 2004.
9. Paul Dickov – 15 goals
Paul Dickov celebrates scoring against Arsenal at Highbury - the last of 15 Premier League goals for City.
During his first spell in the Premier League with Leicester City, Paul Dickov netted four times in 12 appearances before going on to score a further 11 goals in 2003/04, as the Foxes made a return to England’s top flight.
= 7. Ian Marshall – 18 goals
Marshall salutes the Blue Army after scoring the only goal of the game against Coventry City.
A member of the 2000 League Cup-winning squad, Ian Marshall scored the winner at Tottenham Hotspur in September 1996 for his first of 18 Premier League goals for City. Marshall bagged some memorable goals against the Club’s rivals, too, with a superb 20-minute hat-trick against Derby County and the winner against Coventry City; both coming in England’s top flight.
= 7. Leonardo Ulloa – 18 goals
The Argentine wheels away in celebration after scoring late on against Norwich City.
Scorer of City’s first Premier League goal in a decade, Argentine frontman Leonardo Ulloa swiftly became a fans’ favourite after joining from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2014. Some vital strikes during the Great Escape season were followed up by efforts against Norwich City, West Ham United and Swansea City as the Foxes were crowned champions of England in 2016.
6. Matt Elliott – 22 goals
Leicester City's sixth-highest Premier League goalscorer, Matt Elliott, netted 22 times including this goal against Charlton.
While renowned for his brace in the 2000 League Cup Final, Matt Elliott was also a source of goals in the Premier League for the Foxes. His most productive campaign came in 1997/98, when he netted seven times, including a first-minute effort in a 2-1 triumph over Liverpool at Anfield.
5. Tony Cottee – 27 goals
The former West Ham United and Everton striker won the game for the Foxes at Old Trafford in 1998.
Striker Tony Cottee’s maiden Premier League strike was an unforgettable one. After a spell out on loan at Birmingham City to rediscover his sharpness, the London-born former England international scored the winner at Old Trafford to help the Foxes to a 1-0 win over Manchester United. A fruitful season came in 1998/99, as Cottee hit 10 top-flight goals, before a further 13 followed a year later – his last effort coming in a 3-0 victory over Bradford.
4. Riyad Mahrez – 32 goals
The Algerian bagged his first Leicester City hat-trick against Swansea City in December 2015.
The Algerian magician played a huge role in Leicester City’s 2015/16 Premier League glory, scoring 17 and setting up another 11 goals. He netted his first professional hat-trick at Swansea City in December 2015, while his brace at Everton two weeks later ensured the Foxes would be top of the table on Christmas Day. Mahrez is now on 32 Premier League strikes, just one off legends Emile Heskey and Muzzy Izzet.
= 2. Emile Heskey – 33 goals
The frontman spent six years at Leicester City and only Jamie Vardy has scored more Premier League goals than him.
Emile Heskey is one of the most successful products of Leicester City’s Academy, having lifted the League Cup twice with the Foxes. A double on his home Premier League debut saw him get off to a fine start, while a brace on the final day of the 1996/97 campaign set him up nicely for the following term. In four seasons, Heskey hit double figures on three occasions before moving to Liverpool.
= 2. Muzzy Izzet – 33 goals
The Turkey international shows his delight after scoring against former club Chelsea.
Following a successful loan spell, the Turkey international joined on a permanent deal in 1996 and, across eight years, went on to become one of the Club’s most iconic players. His contribution in seven of City’s Premier League campaigns saw him score 33 times, including twice against his former employers Chelsea in 2000/01.
1. Jamie Vardy – 50 goals
The former Fleetwood Town man put in a stunning display against Manchester United in September 2014.
Jamie Vardy’s third goal against Manchester City in December 2016 saw him become Leicester City’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer with 34 strikes to his name. A further 16 in 2017 has taken him to a total of 50 in Leicester colours. His journey from non-league to a Premier League champion is one of the most celebrated stories in modern football.
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