Jamie Vardy has failed to recreate the prolific form that helped Leicester City become Premier League champions last season.
The striker has faced criticism from some quarters, but it is worth remembering where he came from.
Opta has revealed that it has been just over four years between Vardy’s last non-league goal and first ever Champions League strike.
4y 315d – There was just four years and 315 days between Jamie Vardy's last non-league goal and his Champions League goal tonight. Journey. pic.twitter.com/oM9WyxQTL2
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2017
The 30-year-old scored what could be a crucial away goal in the Foxes’ 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Spain.
This season, Vardy has netted just five league goals in 22 appearances, which is a stark contrast to Leicester’s title-winning campaign, which saw him score 25 times in 36 outings.
All of Claudio Ranieri’s players are struggling as they battle for survival, sitting just one point above the relegation zone with 13 games left to play.
Despite the dismal run, Vardy’s achievements are quite remarkable given that he was playing for Halifax Town seven years ago.
The striker worked his way through the non-league ranks before joining Leicester in 2012 from Fleetwood Town.
As well as helping his team lift the title last season, Vardy set a new Premier League record by scoring in 11 consecutive matches.
Also, the forward’s journey is being made into a Hollywood film, so life is not too bad for the man.