French midfielder N’Golo Kante, Chelsea’s midfielder, has cemented his position among the best midfielders in modern football, with a stunning display that earned him his usual award as the best player in the match, after he contributed to the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.
The 30-year-old had been playing for Cannes, a member of the French League, for only 6 years, but then he became reaped titles with various teams.
Kante won the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016, then with Chelsea the following year. And after winning the FA Cup with the London club, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.
Against City, Kante showed that he was the biggest influence behind all of these successes.
“You were amazing. I feel exhausted just to watch it,” said former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, who is now an analyst at BT Sport.
“I played (at Chelsea) with (French international) Claude Makelele, and I thought he was the best until I saw this boy. He is like McLeely, but with extra capabilities.”
“In the same way that a striker has instinct in front of goal, he has it in the middle of the field. (Ilkay) Gundogan, (Bernardo) Silva and (Phil) Voden (City trio) could not deal with him.”
Kante used to be praised for his ability to cut balls, but he ran with the ball and quickly shot balls to help Chelsea counterattack.
Kante won many individual awards, but he deserves to forcefully enter the race for bigger titles such as the Golden Ball, and he may get such a chance during the current year, especially if he leads France to the European title.