LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known with the nickname “The Rat“. Our N’Golo Kante Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date. The analysis involves his life story before fame, family background, relationship life, and many other OFF-Pitch facts (little known) about him.
Yes, everyone knows of his tactical defensive skills but only a few consider our N’Golo Kante’s Bio which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s Begin.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Early Life
N’Golo Kante was born on the 29th day of March 1991 in Paris, France. He was born to relatively unknown parents who migrated to France from Mali (West Africa) in 1980 to seek greener pastures in Europe. Years after their migration, Kante’s father died when he was 11 years old leaving his Mother (pictured below with Kante) with the saddling burden of parenthood.
Growing up in Rueil Malmaison, a small and densely populated sub-urban area close to Paris, Kante worked as a trash picker & grabber while his mother worked as a cleaner in order to help sustain the family.
As a refuse collector, Kante would walk for kilometres around the Suburbs of eastern Paris looking for all sort of valuable waste to collect and deliver to small recycling firms for quick cash.
Knowing fully well that the menial job would continually make his family circle in poverty, Kante sought alternatives that would pave way for financial freedom and assured future for himself and his family.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-The France 98 Inspiration
After the France 98 world cup, Kante saw a different France. An opportunity filled country whose football glory and future rest on the shoulders of migrants. Moreso, he got familiarized with the names and personality of great football stars who helped France clinch the 1998 FIFA world cup.
Notable among the star players were the likes of Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Viera, Lilian Thuram, and Nicolas Anelka who were household names popular among immigrants at the time. Consequently, their world cup victory brought about a turning point in terms of Migrant’s participation in French football.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-The World Cup Hustle
While the 1998 world cup was ongoing for the glory of France, Kante prospered financially by making more money from collecting Trash dropped by football tourists. He covered every ground used for the tournament including squares of Hotels that served as viewing centres (pictured below) to realize enough funds that could be invested in something worthwhile.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Career Buildup
Shortly after the 1998 World Cup, Kante (aged 8) aspired to take football as a career having noticed lots of youth clubs popping up close to his home. It wasn’t long before his aspirations became a reality as he began his career at JS Suresnes in the western suburbs of Paris. Upon registration, Kante was immediately tagged by teammates as the smallest and most focused young star in the club. His small stature kept many of his teammates wondering if he could last 90 minutes on the pitch.
More so, while his teammates grew in height, Kante didn’t show much progress in that regard but remained the most powerful (small but mighty) midfield force who would cover every blade of grass in the field. When he poses for team photos in a standing position, his size looked a little bit higher than that of the visiting little kid staring at him in the picture below.
N’Golo Kante began growing after spending about 4 years at the club. His personality and career path became obvious after spending such years. At some point in time, Kante’s popularity saw him become the club’s favourite and most faithful servant. He earned more money by joining a team of selected youth stars who took extra hours to train young kids. All thanks to his then assistant manager, Pierre Ville who helped him to earn more after the death of his father (Mr Kante).
“Kante was great, he played direct, box-to-box and the distance he covered was there for all to see.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Relationship Life
With Kante’s rise to fame, the question on everyone’s lip is…Who is Kante’s girlfriend or wag?. There is no denying the fact that Kante has endearing qualities including loyalty, hard work and humility that make many ladies believe he would make a better boyfriend. However, Kante is still single and seemingly focused on his career.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Family Life
“Kanté should focus on striving more to become an exceptional player on leadership basis and not only on his energy and excellent ball-winning abilities.”
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-His Lifestyle
According to BBC Sport’s reporter, Paul Fletcher;
“Kante is uninterested in displaying his wealth”
He just sticks to his car despite receiving £120,000 per week.
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N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-The Lucky Barber
N’Golo Kante’s barber, Naji Nagy is one who has refused to cut ties with the midfielder despite his move to Chelsea. According to the barber:
“I’ll travel 130 miles to cut former Leicester City star’s hair”.
Revealing the relationship that existed between him and Kante at Leicester, Naji recalls that:
“I have been cutting his hair since he came to Leicester. He has become more than a customer, he is a friend, more than that even. I am sad he has made the move to Chelsea but happy he sends me monies to come cut his fair.
The 30-year-old hairdresser who runs a salon in Leicester also revealed his plans for the future with regards to sustaining their relationship.
“I have considered to relocate my family to London and become a registered Chelsea fan all thanks to my client.”
This is Naji Nagy back then at Leicester.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-France 98 World Cup Beneficiaries
Saido Mane is said to be the biggest foreign Francophone beneficiaries in Africa. He is one whose football career only started after the France 1998 World cup.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Lured by Mali
Born to Malian parents, Kanté was approached by Mali ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations having not played for France in any of their age group teams. Kanté declined on the basis that he was still trying to establish himself in Ligue 1. Mali further made extended an invitation to the midfielder in January 2016. Kante replied to the invitation by noting that he is still undecided with regards to making an international commitment.
On 17 March 2016, Kanté was selected for the France senior squad for the first time to face the Netherlands and Russia in friendlies. He made his debut against the former eight days later, replacing Lassana Diarra at halftime in a 3–2 win at the Amsterdam Arena.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Reason Behind Nickname
N’Golo Kante was in 2016 nicknamed “The Rat” by his Chelsea Teammate Eden Hazard for reasons not far from the former’s tactical defensive abilities. The Belgian (Hazard) believes that Kante beavers around the field of play with amazing speed to recover the ball from opponents.
N’Golo Kante Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts-Endearing Qualities
The timeline between Kante’s career buildup and rise to fame saw him exhibit qualities that have been indelibly inscribed on the hearts of those who knew him during the days of his humble beginnings.
According to Kante’s assistant manager Pierre Ville;
“Kanté remained outside the radar of big teams because of his small stature appearance. Back then, he would perform tackles all day, take the ball from one end of the pitch and would carry it to the other length of the field. That was his private training routine taught by no one.”
One of his old pals Francois Lemoine added that;
“We were Under-18s and he was Under-15s and he was already playing with us. We were playing against a local team and he came on ten minutes from the end. He was smaller than everyone yet no one could get past him. At the end of the match we went into the changing room, I looked at one of my team-mates and I said to him, ‘Look, he’s smaller than us and in ten minutes he has shown us how to do it’. It was a real lesson in humility.”
His youth coach, Vojtyna was not left out as he recalled that;
“Back then, Kante was the one player who would listen and do absolutely everything asked of him. Literally, everything. I once joked with Kante before a holiday. I told N’Golo, I’m giving you two months to juggle the ball 50 times with your left foot, 50 with your right foot and 50 with your head’. Two months later, he did it! I was shocked. From this moment, I never told him what to do. I left him for nature to decide his case”
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