The England international had found the net in his last 10 league matches and had the chance to break the record outright as his side faced Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.
It was ironic that van Nistelrooy created Premier League history with United, and that Louis van Gaal’s current United side headed into the clash boasting the best defensive record in the league.
But that, of course, was never going to stop Leicester’s man of the moment as Vardy rounded off a superb counter-attack to put his side 1-0 up midway through the first half.
With that goal, the 28-year-old made it at least one goal scored in his last 11 successive league matches, prompting kind words from van Nistelrooy, who now labels Vardy as the number one.
How far can Vardy go? His rise to prominence has been truly breath-taking as only four years ago he was plying his trade for Fleetwood Town in the conference division.
With hard work, dedication and a strong will to succeed, he has become a superstar at Leicester and a leading contender to spearhead England at next summer’s European Championships.
Despite all of the talk being about Vardy, United did manage to spoil his day somewhat as they grabbed themselves an equaliser and denied the Foxes the chance to regain top spot.
The 1-1 draw leaves Leicester in second place, trailing new leaders Manchester City on goal difference.