N’Golo Kanté is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for English club Chelsea and the France national team. Kanté was born on the 29th of March 1991 in Paris, France.
Kanté moved from Leicester city where he wore the number 14 shirt, to Chelsea FC in 2016, after a successful campaign in Leicester city.
His parents moved from Mali to France in 1980 in search of greener pastures and if they are to still be alive till this day, they would have known that their son was the green pasture that they seek.
N’golo Kante had diverse challenges while growing up and the most visible one was his stature. He was so short and small that no football academy in France accepted him. In fact, one of the academy coach that rejected him said to his uncle, “In a game where muscled-up guys are taking over, you may be looking for N’golo Kanté in the pitch; Football is not for everyone”. This delayed his carrier and at the age of 21, when his current teammates were getting their first millions, N’golo Kanté was in school studying accounting; at least, education is for everyone, whether tall or short.
In Leicester city, before he got his mini-car, N’golo Kanté was always seen running to the training ground while his teammates arrived in their flashy cars. According to him, he had other important things to do with his earnings and running to the training ground was a way of improving himself. Little wonder a famous footballer said “71% of the earth is covered by water and the rest is covered by N’golo Kante”.
Today, I present to you the Chelsea midfield engine of Malian origin, kneeling in front of the World, with the most coveted cup on his lap. N’golo Kante!