Claudio Ranieri has insisted that his motivation to succeed as a football manager is his passion and love for the game, not money. 

The Italian also said that he doesn't even remember how much he earns each year, and that he is a 'lucky man' because he is doing what he always wanted to do.

The Leicester boss led his team to the title last season, but dismissed the notion that the monetary bonuses associated with such a success are what drives him to continue his managerial work.


"My motivation is not money," he said to the Times. "Believe me. The money can stop now. My motivation is my love of football, my love of players. To try to do the best....I don't remember how much I earn every year.

"I don't go every day to train my players because I earn money. I go on the pitch because I am a lucky man...and I am doing what I always wanted to do.

"How many great champions earn a lot of money [enough to live in comfort for ever], but continue to fight, continue to win. It's not the money. It's the passion; it's the love. It's the ambition. That's it.

"I meet so many players with a lot of skill and they make good money for one or two years and then they go down. Down! Why? Because they are only about the money, to be famous. That is not where the strength of man comes from."

The understated Italian discussed the moment when he realised Leicester had won the title - the 2-2 draw between Tottenham and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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When asked how he celebrated, he said that he stayed away from the players' party and just went to bed.

"You don't believe me?" he said. "I was at home, with my wife and two Italian assistants. When the match finished, my assistants went home and me and my wife sat there watching the television.

"We stayed out of the celebrations of the players, of the city, we were not involved at all. We are the champions and we stayed home. And the next day our friends said to us: 'How did you celebrate?' And we said: 'We went to sleep and nothing more.'"