Player Biography

N’Golo Kante

Kante's fascinating story will inspire you beyond your imagination

Anyone in the business of football knows about N’Golo’s great tackling and exciting interception skills, but only a few consider his Bio which is interesting.

N’Golo Kante known as “The Rat” was born on the 29th of March 1991 in Paris, France.  N’Golo Kante’s parents migrated  to France from Mali (West Africa) in 1980 to seek greener pastures in France.

N’Golo Kante who was born as the first child of four brothers and sisters lost his father at age eleven.


From a young age Kante knew the value of working hard because he saw that as the only way he could achieve something in life.

Kante worked as a trash/garbage picker in Rueil Malmaison, a small area close to Paris. While his mother worked as a cleaner in order to help sustain the family. 

Knowing fully well garbage picking would continually make his family poor, Kante soughed out alternatives to financial freedom and an assured future for himself and his family.

During the France 1998 World Cup,  Kante prospered financially by making more money collecting trash dropped by football fans across stadiums.

He covered major grounds used for the tournament close to his home, including squares of hotels that served as viewing centres.  N’Golo Kante  did these to make  money which he invested in something worthwhile.

Shortly after the 1998 World Cup,  Kante aspired to take football as a career. He then  registered  with JS Sureness in the Western suburbs of Paris.

Upon registration with the club, Kante was tagged the most focused and smallest young star in the club.  At first,  his teammates wondered where he came from and if he could last long on the pitch.

N’Golo Kante began growing after spending about 4 years at the club. This was a time his personality and career path became obvious.


Few years after,  Kante’s hard work together with his endearing qualities earned him a move to Boulogne where he played between 2010-2012. 

His impressive performances were acknowledged by all including his Boulogne coach Durand.

Kante’s hard work as a senior player earned him a move to England to play with Leicester.

Kante was considered to be a major factor in the clubs’s excellent form as they went on to win the 2015-16 Premier League title.

Kante’s box-box tackles attracted Chelsea FC who signed him in 2016.

With the club, he went on to win another Premier League  title.  He was also named in the PFA Team of the year for two straight seasons.

The peak of Kante’s success was seen when his hard work earned him the 2018 World Cup trophy.

Kante saw himself imitating his former 1998 World Cup heroes who not only won the World Cup, but inspired him to become a footballer.



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Elizabeth Yaya

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