French Midfielder N'Golo Kante Played in Final With Stomach Bug

Ross Houston
July 18, 2018

England great Gary Lineker believes N'Golo Kante has been the outstanding player of the World Cup and has backed the Chelsea midfielder to make the difference in Sunday's final.

Kante went viral on social media after footage showed that he was too shy to ask to hold the trophy during the celebrations.

Outside the French presidential palace, another star of the tournament, Paul Pogba, serenaded his diminutive midfield mate with a fine rendition of the now famous N'Golo Kanté chant, with the whole squad and even Deschamps himself joining in...


"Kante, he is small but he stopped Messi", said Matuidi.

However, reports filtering the Spanish media claim that both Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in signing the former Leicester City man.

He then won the Premier League with The Foxes before earning a move to Chelsea, where he won the league title once again the following year.


Although France did come out on top, Kante, who has been one of the standout performers during the World Cup, was far from his best on the night.

That is Kante summed up to perfection - the most humble World Cup victor imaginable.

The rise and rise of N'Golo Kante in just a short amount of time might be one of the most incredible stories in football in recent times. "He is not necessarily the type that we will notice or who will seek to put forward", the pundit told "L'Equipe" on the eve of the final. With Kante, France play with 12. He counts as two midfielders on his own.


Kante is now under contract with the west London outfit until 2021.

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