|Full Name||N'Golo Kante|
|Date of Birth||March 29, 1991|
|Birth Place||Paris, France|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Debut||May 18, 2012|
N’Golo Kante is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for the France national team and Premier League side Chelsea FC. He is considered by many to be one of the world's best midfielders, Kante is widely praised for his work rate and defensive prowess.
Kante was born on March 29, 1991, in Paris, France, to Malian parents. He grew up in the Parisian suburb of Rueil-Malmaison and began playing football at a young age.
He started his youth career in the year 1999 at the age of 8. He started playing for JS Suresnes and continued his stay there for more than a decade until 2010. He was often taken away from the radar because of his small stature by the bigger teams. In 2010 he joined the reserve team of Boulogne.
Kante's impressive performances caught the attention of several larger clubs, and he eventually signed with SM Caen in 2013, where he continued to hone his skills and develop as a player.
N'Golo Kante's club career began at French lower-league club US Boulogne in 2012, where he played for one season before moving to SM Caen. It was at Caen where Kante established himself as one of the top defensive midfielders in Ligue 1, helping the club avoid relegation in his first season and earn a mid-table finish in his second.
In 2015, Kante signed for Leicester City in the English Premier League, where he became a key player in their miraculous title-winning campaign in the 2015-16 season. Kante's work rate, tenacity, and defensive abilities were instrumental in Leicester's success, and his performances earned him the Premier League Player of the Season award.
After just one season at Leicester, Kante signed for Chelsea in 2016, where he continued to excel. He helped the club win the Premier League title in his first season and was named the Chelsea Player of the Year. Kante has since won numerous individual awards and has been a consistent performer for Chelsea, playing an integral role in their success in the Premier League (2016-17). He has also won other trophies like the FA Cup, Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup.
In 2021, Kante played a crucial role in helping Chelsea win their second Champions League title, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the final against Manchester City. He has become known as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and is highly regarded by fans and peers alike.
Kante has represented the French national team since 2016. He made his debut in March of that year in a friendly match against Russia and has since become a regular member of the team. He played a key role in France's successful 2018 World Cup campaign, where they won the tournament for the second time in their history. He formed a strong partnership with Paul Pogba in midfield and was an integral part of the team's defensive solidity. Ee was even named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team for his performances throughout the tournament.
Kante has continued to be an important player for the French national team and helped them reach the Round of 16 at Euro 2020. He has 53 caps for his country to date.
Unfortunately, he missed the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to a hamstring injury. France ended up finishing as the runners-up after losing to Argentina in the final.
In the 2015-16 season, Kante became the first outfield player to win back-to-back top-flight titles in England with two different clubs (Leicester City and Chelsea).
Kante is the only player to win the Premier League Player of the Season award in consecutive seasons for two different clubs.
Kante has won the most tackles per 90 minutes in the Premier League in four different seasons.
In the 2018 World Cup, Kante made the most interceptions of any player in the tournament with 25.
|Leicester City||Premier League: 2015–16|
|Chelsea||Premier League: 2016–17|
|FA Cup: 2017–18|
|UEFA Champions League: 2020–21|
|UEFA Europa League: 2018–19|
|UEFA Super Cup: 2021|
|FIFA Club World Cup: 2021|
|France||FIFA World Cup: 2018|
|Individual||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|
|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|
Kante is a devout Muslim and often observes Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. In his free time, Kante enjoys spending time with his family and close friends. He has also been known to play video games, particularly FIFA.
As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around €23 million.
He was born to Malian parents. His father passed away when he was just 11 years old, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings on her own.
Kante has two older brothers and a younger sister. His older brother, Yacine, is also a professional footballer who currently plays for AS Choisy-le-Roi in France.
Kante is married to 46-year-old businesswoman Jude Littler.
Kante leads a private and modest lifestyle, hence his housing details are currently unknown to the public.