N’Golo Kante might be one of the most unassuming characters in all of football.
The Chelsea midfielder is humble, quiet and hates to cause a fuss, as illustrated by his endearing shyness during France’s World Cup celebrations.
The French international was similarly bashful and self-effacing after winning consecutive Premier League titles for Leicester City and his current club.
Even when he is integral to his team’s success, Kante does not demand the spotlight as others might. That modesty – a rare commodity at the top level of the game – is what makes him so popular among his fellow professionals, who have nothing but good things to say about him.
Kante’s lack of pretension is reflected in his style of play, the tireless running and tackling that enables his teammates to focus on their best qualities instead of having to do the dirty work. His performances as a defensive midfielder have elevated the position to arguably the most important on the pitch.
As evidenced by the quotes in this video, that is why he is so respected by players and managers alike.