Nikos Dabizas insists that Leicester City winning the Premier League title it would be an “even bigger” achievement than when Greece lifted the 2004 European Championship.
The former Newcastle United and Leicester defender was part of a Greece squad that helped to upset the odds and claim the title in Portugal, a feat that the 42-year-old regards as a “miracle”.
However, even Dabizas admits that the rigours of a 38-game season would make Leicester’s potential title win more impressive.
“It was a great feeling (winning Euro 2004) – a miracle,” Dabizas told the Newcastle Chronicle.
“It’s something similar to Leicester but I think Leicester, if they manage to win the Premier League will be even bigger.
“Our achievement it was something like 100m race, a small sprint, just a few games.
“While Leicester are doing a marathon and it’s completely different.”
Claudio Ranieri’s men are currently five points clear of second-placed Tottenham at the top of the Premier League, with their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend bringing them one step closer to an unlikely title.
And Dabizas claims the Foxes would be popular champions, adding that a title win would help to further enhance the reputation of the Premier League.
“I think the whole planet is waiting for Leicester to win it,” he continued.
“I think it’s going to be a massive thing for the credibility of the Premier League because it cannot happen.
“Nowhere else – in Spain, in Italy or Germany – it cannot happen, and that’s what makes the Premier League so special, the competitive balance.
“There is an unpredictability that everyone can beat a big side on their day; but comparing that to winning a trophy for a side of the status of Leicester, and I’m not being disrespectful, it will be a shock and it is going to be a big bonus.”