The making of N'Golo Kante, by those who witnessed his incredible rise

N'Golo Kante

Almost a year has passed since N’Golo Kante lifted the Premier League trophy with Leicester City. The midfielder's smile – all teeth showing – lit up the King Power Stadium as he got his hands on the silverware and enjoyed a brief moment in the limelight. But he was almost too embarrassed to do it. 

That moment perhaps encapsulates Kante best. The Frenchman is a quiet and humble person – awkward and shy, but always kind. On the pitch, he's a monster; a combative midfielder who intercepts loose balls, cuts off passing lanes and presses opponents into submission. When he plays, his team is more likely to win, and the trophy he hoised into the air on May 7 last year was a tangible reward for his efforts.

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