JAMIE VARDY pipped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings to win the Golden Boot – despite Leicester’s final day heartbreak.
The striker, 33, failed to score against Manchester United at the King Power stadium, leaving his tally for the season at 23.
Arsenal captain Aubameyang, 31, grabbed two against Watford, but he was one shy of Vardy.
Danny Ings, 28, fired home from the spot for Southampton to finish the season on 21 goals, the season’s third best scorer.
Vardy was one goal short of bettering his goal haul in the 2015-2016 season, when Leicester defied 5000/1 odds to win the Premier League title.
But he could do nothing to secure a Champions League finish for the Foxes, as they lost 1-0 against Manchester United, who finished in third with Chelsea in fourth.
After receiving the award, Vardy said: “I’m obviously delighted.
“And like you say it’s all about the team I wouldn’t be in the possession I am with the goals if it wasn’t for them.
“Lucky I was able to put quite a few of them away this season.
“Fortunately I don’t feel my age my legs and everything are still fine and touch woods I’m not picking up many injuries.”
Remarkably, the former England international became the first player to become the Conference top scorer and Premier League.
Vardy finished the 2011/12 National League season with Fleetwood Town with 31 goals and eight years later received the Golden Boot in the top flight.