N’Golo Kante is one of the best midfielders of modern football. He is a powerhouse on the field. He is well known for his energy, stamina and tactical awareness. Off the field, he is a shy, humble and simple human being.
This essay is dedicated to my favorite footballer, sportsperson and source of inspiration – N’Golo Kante. Here, I’ll list out his qualities, brief outline of of his career and other facts about Kante.
Football is my passion. I’ve been watching and playing football ever since I was a kid! I started playing the game on a ground near my home. Young kids from my block would play on the field each day.
After playing for some weeks, I simply fell in love with football. And I got really good at it too. Soon, I started catching live action on TV and internet. EPL is my favorite league. I also happen to follow other major European leagues such as – Spanish League, Serie A, Bundesliga etc.
Like other EPL followers, Leicester City’s miracle season caught my attention too. I was in awe when an ordinary team managed to beat the likes of Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal etc to the title.
Towards the end of that season, I realized that this group (Leicester City) is quite special. It is a band of special players. Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante in particular caught my attention.
Gradually, I started keeping an eye on the Frenchman. Soon, I realized that Leicester’s game relied a lot upon this small midfielder! Don’t let his size fool you! N’Golo is a powerhouse on the field! He never seems to run out of energy.
On the field, he ensured that Leicester City’s defense was well protected. He made crucial tackles and interceptions. He was also quite adept at launching attacks after recovering the ball. In short, he contributed a lot towards the team’s defense and attack as well. He was like a link between the team’s defense and attack.
By the end of that season, Leicester City amazed us all by winning the EPL title. And by then, N’Golo had turned me into an ardent fan! The guy makes it all look so simple! In a physical league such as EPL, he proved his worth and lead his team to the title!
Okay, let me tell you more about his early career. Kante is what football fans will call a late bloomer. Normally speaking, talented footballers burst into the scene at an early age (like in their teens). But Kante made his first senior appearance in second tier of French Football at the age of twenty one!
But within a short span of time, he managed to progress through two tiers. In short, he did well enough to have a rapid phase of progress. In France, he played for Boulogne and Caen. For Caen, he put on some impressive defensive displays on the field. This led to Leicester signing him.
And the rest, as they say, is history. After a successful stint at Leicester City, he was signed by Chelsea FC, the London giants. In his first season at Chelsea, he won the league title again.
At Chelsea, he played under the tutelage of many managers. Some of them are – Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel. And all of these managers have only positive things to say about Kante!
As of now, he has won the Champions League with Chelsea. In the final, he played an incredible role in helping his club lift the trophy. On the field, he is a simple and effective player. His playing style is very effective – run, tackle, recover ball, intercept, pass the ball forward – he contributes a lot towards the team’s defense and attack. He is a calm and composed person on the field. This makes him an ‘easy to manage’ player for managers.
Kante was part of the French team that won the World Cup in 2018. Throughout the tournament, he was rock solid on the field.
Off the field, N’Golo Kante is well known for his shyness and humble personality. He can always be seen with a smile on his face. Even the opposition fans don’t hate this guy! Despite being so successful, he stays grounded, humble and leads a simple life. Unlike other footballers, he likes to keep his private life private! Humbleness, hard work, determination – these are his qualities that I’d like to develop in my life.