The World’s Most Influential Player
France is taking on Germany and every action that this particular player makes is heralded by the packed French stadium as if a goal has been scored. He is neither Kylian Mbappe,Paul Pogba nor Antoine Griezman,rather he is the diminutive and smallest player in size on the pitch but, the biggest in playing Volume, He is : Frenchman N’golo Kanté.
Seldom and almost never has a defensive midfielders’ importance to a team been acknowledged as much as with this extraordinary player. He does the “dirty job” of mopping up failed attacking moves of his offensive minded team in a way with so much elegance, intelligence and rigour like no other player before him has done.
The most astonishing and remarkable thing about this 27 year old world star is that prior to 3 years ago,2015,very few people on this earth even knew he was a footballer.
However In the past 3 years, no other player on earth has won collectively and successively the most prestigious titles and individual awards in the world like “Sir” N’golo Kanté. Take a look below:
Collective Honours with: Leicester City Premier League Winner : 2015–16
With Chelsea: Premier League Winner : 2016–17 , FA Cup Winner : 2017–18
With the French National Team: FIFA World Cup 2018 winner, UEFA European Championship runner-up : 2016
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
PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month: March 2017
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
UNFP Trophy for Best French Player Abroad: 2017,2018
London Football Awards Player of the Year: 2017
French Player of the Year: 2017
FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2018
FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2017
FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2016
The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2017 – 9th place
Ballon d’Or: 2017 – 8th place
L’Équipe France, Team of the Year: 2017……… And it seems there is still room for more.
To a neutral spectator he is a special footballer at least,but with all due respect,to those of us who have played this often inglorious role at the highest level, the way N’golo Kanté plays and intepretes this role deserves arguably, nothing less than the World player of the year award.
I can understand that some might disagree,but please take note that every title winning team at the top level,has one or at times two very good players playing kanté’s role.
He defends great,has great positioning skills,reads the game offensively and defensively better than most, if not all,joins the attack when needed,delays and stops counter attacks against his team,gives loads of passes that precede the final assisting pass to a goal, provides non-stop shelter and coverage to the central defence,end result Few goals conceded by any team he plays………… we can continue till nightfall.. lol
He is revolutionalising football by finally making the world appreciate the importance of defensive players and the indispensable role that these players contribute to team success.
Thanks to Kanté, kids are now dreaming of playing not the star role as strikers only,but also the hardworking star in the background. Imagine how better our world would be if this culture is applied to life in general? Bravo my “Ballon D’OR N”golo Kanté”…