France and Chelsea midfielder Ngolo Kante is a shy guy but he’s very effective on the field. He’s also a worldcup winner.
In fact, his fellow France teammates appreciate his impact on the game so much during the 2018 World Cup that they even composed a song for him after winning the World Cup. They sang this song for him almost everywhere, from the dressing room to the bus and even when they landed in France.
Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Kante.
1. Kante won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.
2. Born to Malian parents, Kanté was approached by Mali ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations having not played for France in any of their age group teams but he declined.
3. He is named after King Ngolo Diarra of the Bamana Empire.
4. Kanté is a practising Muslim.
5. On 17 March 2016, Kanté was selected for the France senior squad for the first time to face the Netherlands and Russia in friendlies and won the world cup with them 2 years later.