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Jamie Vardy breaks Van Nistelrooy's Premier League goals record

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scored for an 11th consecutive Premier League match to break former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's record.

Vardy, 28, scored in the first half against United on Saturday evening to set the new milestone as Leicester continued their fine form in a 1-1 draw.

Christian Fuchs played a superb ball down the line and into the box for the onrushing Vardy, who broke the offside trap and fired past David De Gea in the 24th minute.

The goal was the England international's 14th of the season in the top flight, having helped Leicester to a superb start under manager Claudio Ranieri.

Vardy told Sky Sports afterwards: "I am obviously delighted, but the main thing was the performance.

"I think we put in a very good shift in today, and in the end a point was probably a fair result.

"Obviously we've got a lot of pace in the team, and I think counter-attacking is a big advantage for us. If we can break as quick we have, then obviously it is going to benefit the team.

"It [the record] is unbelievable. I think I got a bit carried away with myself [during the celebrations]."

Manager Ranieri hailed Vardy's "incredible achievement" and added: "I am very happy because before the match I said to my players we had two objectives today -- to win the match and try to help Vardy score and achieve the record.

"We will take one point, which is good for our place in the table, and Jamie got the record. It is fantastic for us, a very good evening."

Leicester printed a "Vardy 11" shirt during the second half and presented it to him after the game.

Jamie Vardy's first-half strike was his 14th Premier League goal in 2015-16.
Jamie Vardy celebrates his historic goal.

Manager Claudio Ranieri said: "I signed his shirt and I dated it, because my signature is important. I wrote 'great achievement, great record, 11 goals in a row' -- also his teammates signed it.

"We drew the match and the performance was good and I am very happy with the record of Jamie Vardy, it is a great achievement.

"I hope this record keeps on for a long time and we are very proud about it. All his teammates helped him to achieve it."

When Vardy was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted that he would go on to break a record set by one of the Premier League's best-ever strikers. 

Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in Manchester United's 137-year history, having netted 150 goals in 219 matches for the club.

The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and the Netherlands, while Vardy's biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

Vardy this week said he was starting his own academy to find the next star from non-league football.

Van Nistelrooy, who scored 95 Premier League goals for United, set the previous record in 2003.

Vardy is the first man to score in 11 consecutive English top-flight games since Blackpool's Stan Mortensen in 1950-51.

The all-time record for English top-flight football is held by Sheffield United's Jimmy Dunne, who scored in 12 consecutive games in the 1931-32 Division One season.

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