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Sportskeeda Football Awards 2016: 10 best footballers of the year 2016 - Part 2 - #5 to #1

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31 Dec 2016, 19:51 IST
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Arguably the best defensive midfielder that there is!

Continuing from the first part of the series here we look at the 5 best footballers of 2016. So without any further ado, here they are: 

Sportskeeda Football Awards 2016: 10 best footballers of the year 2016 - Part 1 - #10 to #6

#5 N’Golo Kante

The only reason why Kante is ahead of Mahrez despite playing an equally important role in Leicester’s maiden Premier League win is that unlike the Algerian, the defensive midfielder has maintained his form in the second part of the season.

The Frenchman has been a beast ever since his move to England from France and has seen his stock grow thanks to his no-nonsense style of play, coupled with his effective tackling and a knack for vital interceptions. In fact, he heads the charts of most interceptions in the league this year. 

His performances might have flown under the radar in the presence of more flamboyant players but his effectiveness can never be underestimated. He earned a big money move to Chelsea in the summer and has been a key factor in their excellent run of form so far this season.

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