N'Golo Kanté

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N'Golo Kante
Kanté warming up for France in 2018
Personal information
Full name N'Golo Leon Jules Kanté[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 33)[2]
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2010 JS Suresnes
2010–2012 Boulogne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Boulogne 38 (3)
2013–2015 Caen 75 (4)
2015–2016 Leicester City 37 (1)
2016– Chelsea 152 (9)
National team
2016– France 44 (2)
Men's football
Representing  France
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2018 Russia
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 2016 France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15.49, 13 March 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23.19, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

N'Golo Kanté (French: [(ɛ)ŋɡolo kɑ̃te]; born 29 March 1991) is a French football player. He plays for both Chelsea Football Club and the French national team.[4][5]

He made his name in the English Premier League with Leicester City. They won the league on 2015/16, largely because his tackles in midfield and passes to Jamie Vardy created so many goals.

Chelsea bought him next year (2016/17) for £32 million, and they also won the league that year. Since then opposing sides have adjusted to his particular skills, and he has been somewhat less successful. Nevertheless, his performance has been extraordinary as a midfielder only 5'6" tall in an era where most defenders are much taller.

Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016. In 2017 Kanté was named the French Player of the Year, a first for a player from the Premier League in seven years. 12 months later he was a key member of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winning squad.

Personal life[change | change source]

Kanté's parents moved to France in 1980 from the African country of Mali 11 years before his birth.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. "N'Golo Kante". Chelsea F.C.
  4. Banks, Tony (8 August 2018). "How Chelsea teammates rewarded France's Kante and Giroud for their World Cup win".
  5. "Jorginho shows Kante how to play Sarri-ball during friendly with Lyon".