From Collecting Garbage To Lifting Titles: The Inspiring Story Of N’Golo Kante

Ngolo Kante with the Premier League title he won with Chelsea in 2016

On July 16, 2020, Chelsea acquired one of the the world’s best and hardworking midfielders.

N’Golo Kante completed a reported £32 million from King Power to Stamford Bridge and helped Chelsea lift its sixth Premier League title, after helping Leicester City win its first Premier League title.

Kante, later in 2018, helped France lift its second World Cup trophy at a tournament which was held in Russia.

Kante is a winner, and he has lifted titles that every footballer dreams of winning.

N’Golo Kante with the World Cup trophy after winning the tournament with France (Getty Images)

But, this great footballer did not have it easy growing up, as he had to put in a lot of work to be where he is now.

Kante was born on March 29, 1991, in Paris, France to Malian parents. His parents migrated to France from Mali in 1980 in search of greener pastures.

He grew up in a small flat in Rueil Malmaison, a small and dense suburban area in Paris.

His father died shortly after he turned 11.

As the first child, Kante took up the responsibility of taking care of his mother and siblings at a very young age.

He worked as a garbage picker while his mother worked as a cleaner in order to help sustain the family.

He walked for kilometres to the east of Paris to collect garbage. He sold the garbage he collected to a recycling company.

Kante with the UEFA Europe title he won with Chelsea in 2019 (Getty Images)

Kante, at a point, 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.

He, however, made a lot of money during the 1998 World Cup, which France hosted and won. Every day, he would collect trash dropped by football fans across stadiums.

After the 1998 World Cup, Kante who was 8-years-old, aspired to become a footballer, after seeing the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, Patric Vieira help France win its first World Cup title.

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 ability to be able to survive for 90 minutes because of his small stature.

N’Golo Kante plays as a midfielder for Chelsea (Getty Images)

According to Pierre Ville, his assistant manager at the time, Kante, remained outside the radar of big teams because of his small stature and selfless style of play.

After spending 4 years with the academy, Kante was included in a group of young players who took extra hours to train younger players.

Kante later joined Boulonge where he played professionally between 2010 and 2012.

At the age of 21, while playing for Boulogne, he earned a diploma in vocational accounting.

After succeeding with Boulogne, he joined Caen in 2013 until he eventually joined Leicester City in 2015 on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee reported to be worth £5.6 million… and the rest is history!

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante won the PFA Players Player of the Year award in 2017 (Image: PA Wire)

Kante went on to become the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back‑to-back top-flight titles in England with two clubs.

He also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year, and the Premier League Player of the Season, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for two consecutive seasons.

He won the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2016 and the Chelsea Player of the Year in 2017.

Kante was nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2017.

He has won three major trophies with Chelsea including one Premier League title, one Europa League title and one FA Cup.


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