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8 Things You Didn’t Know About N’Golo Kante

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N’golo Kante has been the key man behind Chelsea’s revival, qualifying for the UCL & the FA Cup Final this season. There is no one in the footballing world today, who controls the game the way the 30-year-old Frenchman does. We have seen him play for years and we know what kind of player he is, but here are some things you didn’t know about the Chelsea midfielder and World Cup winner:

1. Worked As A Trash Picker

 

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At the age of eleven, Kante lost his father, and being the eldest in the family, it was his responsibility to take care of them. Kante’s family lived in Rueil Malmaison which is a small area in Paris where people are known for doing menial day-to-day labour intensive jobs. To help his family, he worked as a trash picker and would walk for hours and kilometers around Paris looking for trash and valuable waste to recycle.

2. 98’ World Cup Made Him Want To Become A Footballer

 

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The 1998 World Cup in France changed Kante’s life completely. Seeing football in France made him realize that French football’s glory came from migrants mostly and he saw the opportunity. After turning eight, he finally decided to go with football as a career and noticed the opportunities that were close to his home.

3. A Grounded, Down-To-Earth Man Despite The Millions

 

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Kante is one of those players who simply cannot be hated. The most important factor is that he is known to be one of the most humble personalities in the footballing world. Despite having a £290,000 a week contract with Chelsea, the Frenchman still drives up to the Chelsea training ground in his Mini Cooper S. Kante also owns a Mercedes Benz-GLS but still prefers to roam around in his Mini Cooper. Some say that when he joined Chelsea he wasn’t planning on buying a car and instead would run to the training ground.

4. Net Worth

 

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Kante has an estimated net worth of 23 million Euros. The Frenchman receives an annual salary of 4 million and has an 80 million market value. Apart from football, the midfielder also has done many endorsements for brands and companies and is also a brand ambassador for Adidas.

5. Has followed Claude Makelele’s footsteps

 

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Claude Makelele was a part of the last destructive Chelsea side, managed by Jose Mourinho in his first reign as Chelsea Manager. The French international had a position named after him. The defensive midfielder role was called the Makelele role which is where Kante plays currently and the world would agree that no other player could fit in this role more perfectly than his fellow Frenchman.

6. Would’ve Been An Accountant

 

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Coming from a poor family, Kante always had a plan in his mind. So he decided to study accountancy just in case football did not work out for him. In one of his interviews, he said, “I wasn’t professional, so I kept studying because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make a living as a footballer. But when I went up to the first team, I became professional, so I stopped studying.”

7. Wanted To Join Marseille Instead Of Leicester

 

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Before completing a 5.6 million transfer deal from Caen to Leicester City, Kante had dreams to play for the French club Marseille as he was a big fan of French internationals – Frank Ribery and Samir Nasri, and wanted to follow their career path. In his interviews, he said, “I remember the generation of Mamadou Niang, Franck Ribery, and Samir Nasri and it was a team that I liked, especially in the Champions League.” Luckily for Leicester and Chelsea, the midfielder decided to ditch his plans to join Marseille at the last moment and joined Leicester to kickstart a career on English soil.

8. Had Dinner And Played FIFA At A Fan’s House

 

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The Chelsea midfielder missed his Eurostar Train which was supposed to take him back to Chelsea from Cardiff, so he decided to visit the local mosque in King Cross and met a fan who invited Kante to his house. Being the humble person that he is, he said yes and ate some chicken curry, watched the match of the day, and played some FIFA at the fan’s house! Now THAT is an absolute legend…

 

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