N’Golo Kante is a story that always interests no matter how it is told. He is a tale of hard work and dedication, starting from the lowest point in football to reaching the peak of it all as one of the best midfielders in the world in less than 10 years. He plays as a midfielder for Chelsea FC in the English Premier League and the French national team.
N’Golo Kante Biography
It was on 29 March 1991 that N’Golo Kante was born in Paris, France to immigrant parents who came from Mali in search for a better life. By the time their son was born, the better life was still far from them, hence Kante was raised in a very humble background in a suburban part of Paris.
Kante spent his childhood playing football and picking trash which he sold for little bucks. Following the glory of France in the 1998 World Cup, the young Kante immediately came to the belief that he could have a chance as a footballer, and it was this that got him to start properly with the help of his parents.
Kante grew up alongside his three siblings, two brothers and a sister, all of whom still maintain the same private and modest life as the football star.
The interesting thing about the footballer is that even as he grew up, Kante was always the smallest in teams he played for as a result of his stature, but his performance had always made him one of the biggest when one looked beyond the body.
He lost his father when he was still a young boy of, but was able to pull through with the help of one of his coaches, Pierre Ville. What would be the most important thing in his life, however, would later prove to be his hard work and dedication to the game of soccer.
Before becoming the player that he is, N’Golo Kante has had to cover many miles. It was with JS Suresnes that he started his youth career in 1999. He remained with the team until 2010 when he moved to Boulogne. In 2012, the French team promoted him to its senior team, marking the start of his professional career. Kante got signed by Caen in 2013 where he remained until 2015 when he was signed by Leicester City in the English Premier League.
After 37 games, a goal and the EPL title all to his name, Kante became Chelsea FC player after he was signed by the club in 2016. Interestingly enough, he went on to win the Premier League for the second time with Chelsea in his first season, before winning the FA Cup.
Apart from his contributions to his different clubs, Ngolo has also won many individual awards such as the London Football Awards Player of the Year, Chelsea Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year all in 2017.
In the blue colors of France, Kante first kicked the ball in 2016. Before then, he got a call from the Malian national team ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations, but he declined as he was still trying to have a better footing in the game. His first game for France was in a match against Romania in Euro 2016.
His next major and most important assignment was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where he was able to help the team to get to the Finals and subsequently win the trophy. For his performance for Les Bleus, former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger considered him one of the most influential players of the tournament while England legend, Gary Lineker, believes he was the best player of the World Cup.
Is He Married or Dating A Girlfriend?
One of the many things that people want to know about Kante is as regards his relationship status. The thing, though is that just as he is known for his unexaggerated modesty, the Chelsea FC star man is also extremely private.
That said, as at 2018, it was known that he was yet to get married, but because of his very private nature, it can’t be said whether he now has a girlfriend or has dated anyone in the past. Perhaps with time, words will get out on who he is dating or has dated.
Height and Weight
One of the best defensive midfielders in the world, Kante is not among the tallest of men. Nonetheless, he has the skills to complement and make him into a great asset that any team in the world could do with.
He stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.70 m) and a weight of 150 lbs (68 kg).