N’Golo Kante

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Who is N’Golo Kante?

N’Golo Kante is a French footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Chelsea in England and for the France national team. In 1999, he began his junior career with JS Suresnes, and in 2012, he made his senior debut with Boulogne. From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of Caen and then Leicester City. In the 2015-16 season, Kante was a key member of the Leicester club that won the Premier League for the first time. With Chelsea, he won the Premier League in 2016-17 and the FA Cup in 2017-18. He also became the first outfield player since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993 to win back-to-back English Premier League titles with separate clubs. Kante first represented France at the senior level in 2016. He was a key player of the France national squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after finishing second in the 2016 Euro Cup.

Kante was born in Paris, France, on March 29, 1991. He is French and Malian by nationality, and his zodiac sign is Aries. His parents are Malians who came to the United States from Mali. He grew up in the Hauts-de-Seine town of Rueil-Malmaison and has a younger sister who also plays football for Suresnes’ youth squad. N’Golo’s father died when he was 11 years old, and his older sister Niama died of a heart attack just before the 2018 World Cup. Kante has been a football fan since he was a child, and he used to play with his pals in the backyard of his house. In 1999, he began playing amateur football with JS Suresnes at the age of eight, before joining the Boulogne youth system. He is named after the Bamana Empire’s King Ngolo Diarra. He commuted to training on a kick scooter at the start of his professional career at Boulogne, and as of 2018, he drove a Mini Hatch, which was his first buy-in England because it was easy to learn to drive in.

As a box-to-box midfielder in the middle of the pitch, Kanté is noted for his unrelenting energy and strong ball-winning abilities. His superb positional sense, off-the-ball movement, and ability to read the game all contribute to this. Kanté is best known for his tactical awareness, intelligence, and anticipation, as well as his defensive abilities—his ability to tackle and regain possession, intercept passes, and block shots—but he can also playmaker from inside his own half and is an efficient passer on the counter-attack, helping kick start attacking plays immediately after winning back the ball. He’s very speedy up and down the field, making late attacking runs into the box frequently. Kanté was a late bloomer, having only made one senior appearance in the second division of French football at the age of 21. He attributes his calm and composed demeanor on the field to his gradual rise through the football league pyramid’s three levels.

Jude Littler is Kante’s wife’s name. It’s unclear when N’Golo Kante and his wife, Jude Littler, will meet. The pair have kept their personal lives very quiet. Kante, a fairly enigmatic player, never revealed when or where he married Jude Littler to the press. Jude worked as a hairdresser in her early years and dated Djibril Cisse, a former Liverpool footballer with whom she had three children.

N’Golo Kanté, a DM for Chelsea F.C., makes £290,000 per week and £15,080,000 per year. N’Golo Kanté has an estimated net worth of £78,249,600. His current deal runs out on June 30, 2023.

Kante is a tall man, standing 5 Feet 6 Inches tall. He weighs 68 kilograms. He has kept his body in excellent shape. He has 13.6 million Instagram followers and 992.6k Twitter followers.

The Career of N’Golo Kante

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Player: N’Golo Kante World Cup (source: Goal.com)

Kanté was born in Paris to Malian parents and began his career at the age of eight at JS Suresnes in the capital’s western suburbs, where he stayed for a decade. Kanté remains under the radar of big teams, according to assistant manager Pierre Ville, due to his tiny stature and selfless style of play. During this period, he was denied from the Clairefontaine Academy. Suresnes’ president (one of Wenger’s best friends) personally drove Kanté around to several clubs after Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger declined the opportunity to sign him in 2010. He joined Boulogne’s reserve team and made his professional debut in the final game of the Ligue 2 season, a 1–2 home defeat for his already relegated team to Monaco, on May 18, 2012. For the final 11 minutes, he took over for Virgile Reset.

He joined Ligue 2 team, Caen, in 2013 and played all 38 games in his first season, helping them finish third in the league and gain promotion to Ligue 1. On 9 August, he scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 win at Laval; on 11 April 2014, he equalized with his other goal of the season in a 3–2 win at Istres. Kanté played 37 games the next season as Caen stayed in the top division, with his only absence being a suspension for getting sent off in a 0–1 home loss to Rennes on August 30. He had scored their first goal of the season three weeks prior in a 3–0 triumph over Evian.

Steve Walsh, who orchestrated the trades of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to Premier League club Leicester City, scouted Kanté for the team. He was identified as Esteban Cambiasso’s replacement. He signed a four-year contract with Leicester on August 3, 2015, for an undisclosed sum of €8 million (£5.6 million). He made his debut five days later, replacing Vardy for the final eight minutes of Sunderland’s 4–2 home win. In a 2–1 home win over Watford on November 7, he scored his first Premier League goal. He was chosen to the PFA Team of the Year in April, along with four other Leicester players. Kanté had topped the defensive metrics at the end of the 2015–16 Premier League season, with 175 tackles (31 more than any other player) and 157 interceptions (15 more than any other player).

Kanté signed a five-year contract with Chelsea on July 16, 2016, for a reported sum of £32 million. Arsenal reportedly pulled out of the deal due to agent fees totaling more than £10 million, deciding instead to sign Granit Xhaka. Kanté received death threats as a result of disagreements over the distribution of agency fees, an allegation he later rejected. Kanté was given the number 7 shirt, which had been empty since Ramires’ departure in January. Kanté made his competitive debut against West Ham United in the team’s season opener on August 15, 2016. Despite receiving a yellow card in the first three minutes of the game, he continued to shine as Chelsea came away with a 2–1 victory.

Kanté was awarded the world’s sixth-best player of 2016 by L’Équipe on December 26, 2016. Kanté was chosen man of the match in an FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017, when he scored the game’s only goal in the 51st minute. Kanté was named to the PFA Team of the Year for the second season in a row on April 20. He went on to win the PFA Player of the Year award, the FWA Footballer of the Year award, and the Premier League Player of the Season award. Kanté became the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back-to-back Premier League titles with two different clubs in England. In October 2017, Kanté was nominated for the Ballon d’Or.

On November 23, 2018, he signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, earning him the club’s highest-paid player. Kanté scored the first goal in Chelsea’s 2–1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at home. At the end of 90 minutes, the score was level 2–2, with Chelsea winning the shootout 4–2. On his 300th club appearance, Kanté scored in a 2–2 home draw against Burnley on April 22. Kanté started the 2018–19 Europa League final despite not being fully fit and dominated Arsenal’s midfield as Chelsea triumphed 4–1.

On February 23, 2021, he made his 200th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions when Chelsea defeated Atlético Madrid 1–0 in the Champions League round of 16. Kanté received widespread praise for his efforts against Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid en route to the Champions League final. He was chosen man of the match when Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1–0 in the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final in Porto to win his first UEFA Champions League.

Kanté was named the UEFA Men’s Midfielder of the Year on August 26, 2021, for his outstanding efforts during the season, however, he lost out to Chelsea teammate Jorginho in the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. Kanté tested positive for COVID-19 in late September 2021, during the pandemic, and was forced to self-isolate for ten days. Kanté was one of five Chelsea players named to the final 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or in 2021 on October 8. In a 2-1 win over Palmeiras on February 13, 2022, he assisted Chelsea to achieve their first Club World Cup victory.

Kanté, who was born to Malian parents, was approached by Mali before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, despite the fact that he had never played for France in any of their age groups. Kanté was rejected since he was still trying to make a name for himself in Ligue 1. In January 2016, Mali sent another invitation to Kanté, who claimed that he was still uncertain about which national team to represent if he was invited by France.

Kanté was named to France’s senior team for the first time on March 17, 2016, for friendlies against the Netherlands and Russia. Eight days later, he made his debut against the former, coming on at halftime to replace Lassana Diarra in a 3–2 triumph at the Amsterdam Arena. On his 25th birthday, March 29, he made his first start and scored the first goal in a 4–2 victory over Russia at the Stade de France; Dimitri Payet, another birthday celebrant, also scored.

Kanté made his competitive debut for France on June 10, 2016, when he started the opening match of Euro 2016 against Romania, in which he played the entire match, made the most passes, tackles, and interceptions, and covered the most ground on the pitch, and assisted Dimitri Payet’s winning goal in a 2–1 victory. Kanté received a yellow card in the 27th minute of the round of 16 encounters against the Republic of Ireland at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais (his second of Euro 2016) and was replaced by Kingsley Coman in the 46th minute with the French trailing 0–1 at halftime. Kanté did not play in the final, in which France lost 1–0 after extra-time against Portugal.

Manager Didier Deschamps called him up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on May 17, 2018. He appeared in all seven of France’s matches at the tournament. On June 26, Kanté was named man-of-the-match in a 0–0 draw against Denmark in the final match of the group stage, and on July 15, he started in France’s 4–2 victory over Croatia in the tournament final. Kanté was called up to the France squad for UEFA Euro 2020 in May 2021.

Awards, Titles, and Achievements

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Player: N’Golo Kante World Cup (source: Goal.com)

N’Golo Kante has won several titles and a huge number of individual awards in his career.

Leicester City

  • Premier League: 2015–16


  • Premier League: 2016–17
  • FA Cup: 2017–18; runner-up: 2016–17, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League: 2020–21
  • UEFA Europa League: 2018–19
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2021
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2021
  • EFL Cup runner-up: 2018–19, 2021–22


  • FIFA World Cup: 2018
  • UEFA European Championship runner-up: 2016


  • PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16 Premier League, 2016–17 Premier League
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Leicester City Players’ Player of the Year: 2015–16
  • L’Équipe Team of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2016–17
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2016–17
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2016–17
  • Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year: 2016–17
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2017–18
  • Trophées UNFP for Best French Player Abroad: 2017, 2018
  • French Player of the Year: 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2018, 2021
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2018
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2018–19
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21
  • UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: 2020–21


  • Knight of the Legion of Honour: 2018
Below is the chart showing the comparison of N’Golo Kante's goals with other Midfielder players. The selected players for comparison include Inigo Martinez, Brais Mendez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Charles De Ketelaere.