It’s not breaking news that Claudio Ranieri led Leicester City to be the English football champions this season, nor that he did so in the autumn of his managerial career. However his mental toughness in doing so was perhaps less well known.
I read with great interest Tom Rowley’s article in last week’s Telegraph newspaper on Ranieri’s triumph and it was clear that he is mentally tough, through and through.
There were several quotes in the article that illustrated that although he is modest, humble and gentle; he also possesses great mental toughness and resolve. The first was by Rowley, saying, “displays of emotion are not in Ranieris character” although Ranieri protested, “you see me calm but I can be crazy”. Either way he has deep seated emotional control in both difficult and euphoric situations.
In another paragraph, Rowley illustrated Ranieri’s sheer perseverance, not giving up when his local side Roma twice rejected him as a player before finally taking him on, or trying again and again to win a championship after second place finishes with Juventus, Roma and Chelsea.
Ranieri himself illustrated his desire for self-improvement with his comment that “criticism can improve the man”.
No one can begrudge his triumph and no one can doubt that under his charming exterior lies a decent man possessing great determination and mental toughness.
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