Early on, Kante knew the value of working hard because he saw that as the only way he could achieve something in Life.
Growing up in Rueil Malmaison, a small and densely populated suburban area close to Paris, Kante worked as a trash/garbage picker.
His mother, on the other hand, worked as a cleaner in order to help sustain the family.
As a garbage picker, Kante would walk for kilometres around the Suburbs of eastern Paris looking for all sorts of valuable waste.
He would collect and deliver them to small recycling firms, all in the name of ‘quick cash’.
Knowing fully well Garbage Picking would continually make his family poor, Kante sought alternatives to financial freedom, and an assured future for himself and his family.
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.
His senior debut of club career came in the year 2012, appearing in Ligue 2 season in a 1-2 losing cause against Monaco. He replaced Virgile Reset for the final 11 minutes of his debut. He made his International debut for France in the year 2016.
Rise to glory
He was an essential part of midfield with which Leicester City went on to register their first ever Premier League title. He played all the 38 games representing Caen in Ligue 2 and finished up third in the league and finally making into the Ligue 1 in which he was instrumental. He was the sole reason for the excellence of Leicester City in the Premier League. He was named the man of the match playing against his former club Leicester City.
Starting with Boulogne in the year 2012, he started his senior club career. He later shifted to Caen the next season followed by Leicester City till 2016. He currently plays for Chelsea.
He won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year to become the first outfield player to win back to back English League titles playing for different teams in 2017. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015. He topped the tackles table with a whopping 175 tackles at the end of the season 2015-2016 in the Premier League. He was named by L’Équipe as the world’s 6th best footballer in 2016. He was nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2007.
The peak of Kante’s success was seen when his hard work earned him the 2018 World Cup trophy.
At this time, Kante saw himself imitating his former 1998 World Cup heroes who not only won the world cup but inspired him to become a footballer.
Speaking about his World Cup victory, Kante once aligned it with his childhood dream. He once said according to TalkSport report;
“I WAS 7 YEARS OLD WHEN FRANCE FIRST WON IT FOR THE COUNTRY [IN 1998] AND I WAS SO EXCITED, I SAID TO MY FRIENDS: ‘ONE DAY I WILL WIN IT.’”
Without a doubt, Kante has proven to the world that he is the next beautiful promise of his African-French generation. The rest, as they say, is history.