People might know N'golo Kante to be the most humble guys among the current generation of footballers, but not many knew he was a 'cheat'. Yes, you read that right! According to some of his French teammates, it turns out that the Chelsea midfielder is a cheat when it comes to card games.
Two months after their World Cup triumph in Russia, France was playing their first match on home soil. The World Champions were treated to a rousing celebration after they had beaten Netherlands 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League. They celebrated by parading around the ground, clicking pictures with fans, dancing, but most importantly, the star of the night was N'Golo Kante.
Sitting at the heart of the midfield, N'Golo Kante was instrumental in France's World Cup success. In reference to his immense work rate, N'golo Kante is been widely dubbed by his fans as the man who covers 30 percent of Earth (with 70% being covered by water). Interestingly, his team-mates have also lauded his efforts by composing a song in a tribute to his efforts, which became a viral sensation during the World Cup.
The song roughly translates into:
"N'Golo Kante. He's small. He's nice. He's stopped Leo Messi. He's a cheater (at cards). N'Golo Kante."
Responding to the claim in an interview with Goal.com, the diminutive Frenchman rubbished the 'cheat' allegations, insisting that he was just very competitive when it came to cards. While talking about the song, he insisted that the chant was 'very nice' and it will always be an 'unforgettable' moment for him.
N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, are among the eight French players that have made it to the 55-man shortlist chosen by FIFA for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. This year marks the 14th edition of the FIFA World XI, which was established in 2005 by FIFPro, the worldwide players union. They later merged with FIFA in 2009, and it was hence called the FIFPro FIFA World XI.
The 2018 FIFA World X1 team will finally consist of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. The 2018 FIFA World X1 will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on 24 September in London.