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Where does N'Golo Kanté was born? The photos of the house of the Chelsea's star

N'Golo Kanté and an unmissable story of overcoming. From absolute poverty, to the eternal glory...

By Alexis Almosnino

N'Golo Kanté and an unmissable story of overcoming. From absolute poverty, to the eternal glory...
N'Golo Kanté and an unmissable story of overcoming. From absolute poverty, to the eternal glory...
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If there is one name that the whole world of football admires and loves, it is N’Golo Kanté. The 30-year-old Frenchman once again astonished the planet with a splendid performance against Manchester City in the Champions League final. His claw, his route, his deployment, allowed Chelsea to turn the odds and get the second Orejona in its history.

But people don't love Kanté for his football. Actually yes, but there is much more. They love him for his eternal smile, for the humility he transmits, for the difficulties he had to go through to get where he is. It is the story of overcoming that football has given us so many times, although in the end there is the difference: when everyone expects luxury and fame to be the protagonists, in the history of Kanté there is no room for such banalities. 

He may be world, Premier League and Champions League champion; but humility will always be the main thing in his story. 30 years ago he was born in Geranimus, a suburb of Paris. Of Malian origin, when he was little he helped his father collect garbage and scrap metal to recycle and thus help with the economy of his home, according to Globoesporte. Unfortunately, Kanté's father passed away when N'Golo was only 11 years old, forcing the little boy to try even harder to support his home. Economic adversity did not take him away from the path of soccer, the greatest of his dreams.

His football career

Kanté began his career at JS Suresnes, a neighborhood club in the western suburbs of the capital. He stayed there for almost ten years, as his stature and collaborative playing style did not allow him to shine, paradoxical as it may sound. In 2010, thanks to contacts made by the president of Suresnes, Kanté was able to join the reserves of Boulogne, a team with which he spent two years in the lower divisions of English football.

In 2013 he joined Caen, a club with which his life began to change. He played all 38 games of the season and helped the institution, which belonged to Ligue 2 at the time, finish third and move up to the French First Division. The following year he played 37 games and was the player who stole the most balls in all of European football. Kanté was 24 when Leicester bought him for € 6 million in 2015. Former Foxes player Steve Walsh spent a lot of time trying to convince Claudio Ranieri to sign him, but the Italian manager wasn't entirely sure.

The doubts? The bearing of Kanté. Finally the business was closed and the story that follows is already known to all. He won the Premier League with Leicester and the following year with Chelsea. He won the World Cup with France and now the Champions League with the blues. But his way of being remains the same: on the court he is a warrior capable of running until his legs are slaughtered; He's just a guy outside who keeps driving the same car - a Mini Cooper - for six years.

He is a guy who is capable of appearing at the wedding of a stranger whom he met by chance in a mosque. He is a guy who despite being a figure in his National Team, is shy enough to ask his teammates for the World Cup to support it.



From collecting garbage on the streets of Paris, to conquering Europe and the world

Chelsea are champions of the 2020-21 Champions League after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The best player of the match was N'Golo Kanté, the tireless French midfielder and silent leader of the blues. Kanté is one of the most beloved footballers for his dedication, shyness and humility, values that have a lot to do with his origins in the suburbs of Paris where he grew up. There, at the age of 7, he was working collecting garbage. It was 1998, the same year that France won their first World Cup. Some time later he would be the protagonist in the second title of the Gauls and now he could add the Champions League to his record.


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