In their dream time, when Leicester City went for wonders and wonders and tragedy, the farthest thing for everyone was the owner of the club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, standing in the box of directors at King Power Stadium, looking down at the happy scene Claudio Ranieri led Andrea Bocelli into the middle circle.
The manager and singer stood for a moment, surrounded by ball boys and club staff, as Ranieri tried to calm the crowd.
The Premier League Cup was on the podium with the two men and could later be presented as champions at his coronation, having played and defeated Everton on this bright spring afternoon in May 2016.
Leicester's late owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, helped reveal his wildest dreams
However, the tragedy will support this success as Leicester players and staff work with Cardiff players to complain of Srivaddhanaprabha's death on Saturday
Kasper Schmeichel (second from left) tried to hold back the tears during the silence of the minute
They were surrounded by bouquets of flowers and smiling faces and the kind of happiness that feels like it never fades.
And then Bocelli began to sing Nessun Dorma. Nobody should sleep. It seemed in a moment to encapsulate everything that beauty football could bring. And everyone with a heart, everyone who loved football felt the tears rise up in them.
Two and a half years later, two groups of men gathered around another central district in another stadium in another city.
The Cardiff City players stood on one side of the circle. On the other hand, the Leicester team, their deputies, and most of their backroom staff, with their arms hooked, heads down. Everyone was there.
There were flowers again, but this time it was a wreath. And this time there was no singing. Just a minute of silence. A picture of Vichai appeared on the big screens at both ends of the Cardiff City stadium.
"A great son of Thailand, may you rest in peace," he read under his picture. Another message flashed on the posters on the floor. "Together with Leicester," it said.
Leicester's crew is strikingly emotional when she ties her arms together and pays tribute to her deceased owner
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt places a wreath on the playing field to remind him of his father
In the midst of the silence, Leperester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel cried out, one of the first at the scene where Vichai, two of his assistants, and two pilots of King Power Stadium were killed last Saturday. And everyone with a heart, everyone who loved football felt the tears rise up in them.
The tragedy is now also part of Leicester's story. The tragedy will always be the partner of the miracle of this Premier League title triumph of 2015-16.
It was one of the greatest sports stories ever told, but when the man who made everything happen died in the rubble of his helicopter shortly after the 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend, all this joy was painful ,
Fans of Foxes walk past a giant banner bearing the words "RIP Vichai"
Leicester's home Carabao Cup friendly against Southampton last Tuesday was postponed after the crash, and so this was the first time South Wales had played since.
It was the first time that he showed his willingness to cope with his grief as his players tried to do their jobs and play the game that Vichai loved so much.
This is a stadium that usually offers a hostile reception for visitors, but this time it was different. As the Leicester players set off to warm up wearing white T-shirts bearing a picture of Vichai on the front and the words "The Boss," they were warmly applauded by the Cardiff followers.
There was another tribute on the back of the jerseys. "Khun Vichai. They will be in our hearts forever, "they say.
The team of Leicester shows before the game a united front with the special tribute jerseys
And when the teams came out of the tunnel before the kick-off, a giant flag with the Thai flag, badges from Leicester and Cardiff, and the words "RIP Vichai" passed over the heads of the Cardiff fans to the Leicester fans behind the goal , Another flag traveled from the Leicester end toward it until they met.
The game program was full of sympathy and condolence. In a statement by Vincent Tan, the owner of Cardiff, Vichai was praised as a "true pioneer and visionary." "We want to offer our support to a football club, because three seasons ago it was proven that anything is possible in our wonderful sport," the statement added.
Nobody knew exactly what to expect from the game. Nobody really knew if they were going to a game or showing only solidarity.
The images of the Leicester players, who were in obvious distress this week, asked obvious questions as to whether they were psychologically ready to play. The message from them and their manager, Claude Puel, was that they wanted to fight for the honor of their owner.
Flatterer wears a shirt in honor of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha while warming up
In the locker room special tribute T-shirts are attached in honor of the deceased owner of the club
Cardiff was also not sure how to handle it. Warnock had watched his players this week and felt how much they wanted to do the right thing and mark the tragedy that had struck their opponents with dignity and decency.
He wondered if they might feel guilty about trying to beat men who were still suffering.
The inevitable look at this game was that 90 minutes of grief were interrupted. After the match, Leicester's team traveled to Cardiff airport to board a plane to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral, which began on Saturday.
Before Schmeichel and the other players of Leicester sought solace in the solidarity of the teammates, it was obvious that they were still in mourning.
How does a team deal with this? Are you trying to push away all thoughts of tragedy? Do you use the idea of honoring Vichai as motivation? Or forget the football, damn the result, get out and about with it?
In the end, Leicester used a mix of all three. Those who thought they might fall apart turned out to be completely wrong.
A black match program is dropped on the field before Cardiff and Leicester's league game
Members of the Cardiff Board commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha's life with a special tribute
When the BBC Radio Leicester presenters used their own T-shirts to commemorate Vichai in the press box, players refused to allow the tragedy that hit their club to overcome them. In the darkness of an evening in South Wales, the white shirts of their fans, all bearing the same image of Vichai, gleamed like a beacon behind the gate.
The result was not important, but the spirit that Leicester showed in his achievement was. They certainly fulfilled their promise to honor Vichai with their style of play.
Records will show that Leicester won the game 1-0 with a goal in the second half of Demarai Gray. The reports will tell you that he took off his shirt to reveal the legend, "For Khun Vichai."
Unfortunately, they will also tell you that referee Lee Probert felt obliged to follow the rules and show Gray a yellow card.
And when the last whistle sounded, the Leicester fans sang: "There is only one Vichai."
A general overview of the floral tributes the late Leicester owner had set up outside the King Power
Then the players and Puel and other staff from Leicester slowly walked to the fans and stood in front of them in a long line. The players applauded the fans and the fans applauded the players. It stayed like that for 10 or 15 minutes, as if nobody wanted to say goodbye.
"Champions of England" roared the fans, referring to Vichai's biggest gift. "Champions of England, you'll never say that." And the players stayed anyway. Nevertheless, they looked at the followers as if they were taking away their strength and loyalty.
Finally, another flag appeared and the players gathered when their fans sang, "There is only Vichai." It was a picture of her owner with the Premier League trophy. "Thanks, Vichai," the message next to it said.
Schmeichel stopped in the tunnel to talk. He obviously struggled hard to hold himself together. "You encounter very few people in your life who have met you and really affect you, and he has had a big impact on my life," said Schmeichel. "He is a man we are very proud of.
"We think about his family. We all hurt a lot, but I can not imagine what they are going through. We wanted to do it for him and his family tonight. We hope we were proud of his family. "Everyone who had a heart, everyone who loved football felt the tears rise.