N’ Golo Kante was born on March 29, 1991, in Paris, France. His parents were immigrants from Mali who look for fortune in the European plains in the 1980s. Kante has been left by his father since he was still 11 years old.
After the death of his father, he only stayed with his mother. Little Kante knows the value of hard work in life, every day he always tries to ease the burden on his family.
N’ Golo Kante is a firstborn from a couple named Mr. Late and Mrs. Kante. Kante grew up in a small flat in Rueil Malmaison, a small and dense suburban area in Paris. This area is well known as a place for blue-collar workers.
Growing up in Rueil Malmaison, Kante’s childhood had been spent as a scavenger. He walked far to the east of Paris to collect waste and garbage. He sold those waste and garbage to a recycling company. Kante realized that his job could not meet the family need. At that time, he had a big dream to work hard in order to free his family from poverty.
The life of the poor family made Kante was willing to work hard more than watching a football match. He only watched it when there was a bar or café who shows it in television. N’Golo Kante desired to be a football player when there are many youth clubs standing around at his house
Until eventually the 2018 World Cup gave him its own story. Kante began to learn the meaning of football. At that time, the French national team was really amazed. It was very special for Kante as the French squad at that time was filled with the names of immigrants such as Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, Patric Vieira, and Nicolas Anelka. Through their participation, France had managed to win the title of World Champion.
Besides starting to learn football through the 1998 World Cup, Kante who is actually a scavenger had managed to reap a huge profit from the world cup. Every day, he could gather so many ‘waste’ from the tourists who visited France. That garbage left by football lovers around the world had become very valuable items for N’Golo Kante.
Soon after the 1998 World Cup, Kante who was still 8 years old was really dreamt of becoming a football player. He joined with JS Suresnes in the western suburbs of Paris. After entering the academy, Kante became a popular player in the team. But there were so many people doubting his capacity to be able to survive during 90 minutes for his small stature.
His lack of stature was actually his own advantage. He learned how to be a good scavenger with his small body. Day by day, Kante grew up along with his academy. Some trophies were successfully presented by N’Golo Kante. However, there is one most outstanding thing from Kante. He always avoids celebration every time his team wins a championship.
After spending 4 years with his first academy, Kante included in the young player rank who helped in training younger children. He took extra hours to train them. In this case, Pierre Ville who was the manager at that time became an important figure to make Kante as a considerable player. From there, Kante began to gain some money.
After having a career in his local club, Kante began to work on a more professional level. In 2010 to 2012, Kante joined with Boulogne. His passion had successfully amazed the Boulogne’s coach, Durand. After succeeding with Boulogne, he strengthened Caen in 2013 until he eventually joined with one of England teams, Leicester City in 2015.
This was where his brilliant career had begun. After previously stating that he really wanted to play in England, Leicester City became one of the successful stories of N’Golo Kante as a professional footballer. He was brought by Steve Walsh to Leicester on August 3rd, 2015. Kante had really shown off his quality as the best midfielder by becoming the part of Leicester City magical season. Besides the primary league title he won with Leicester, Kante also had a title of the best player in Premier League.
Leicester City had been very meritorious for Kante. The team which had won the England Premier League brought Kante to Stamford Bridge. Immediately, Kante became the best known midfielder. Despite of his fantastic salary for joining with Chelsea, Kante had remained his humility. Every time he goes to practice, he always takes his mini cooper to go to Chelsea training camp.
The charming performance with Chelsea brought him back to become the England Premier League Champion. Moreover, he was included in the 2018 World Cup Squad in Russia. This is where the peak of N’Golo Kante’s career is. He and his friends has succeed in bringing France to be the world cup champion by defeating Croatia in final league. Kante’s innocence was again reflected when he became the last player who took a photo with the world cup trophy.
Now, Kante has become one of the best midfielders in the world. His name is often hailed by many footballers. His humble figure and never-ending persistence have managed Kante to realize his childhood dream, which is raising his family social class.