A former teammate of N’Golo Kante tells the touching story of inviting him to his birthday party and how he was embarrassed.
N’Golo Kante former teammate tells of being invited to his birthday party
N’Golo Kante might be the most universally loved footballer in the world, and in the wake of the Champions League win with Chelsea, another healthy story has emerged about the midfielder with Chelsea.
Kante was man of the match in Saturday’s win over Manchester City in Porto and led many to call for him to win this year’s Golden Globe, something he has dismissed in his typically humble style.
A former teammate, from his Ligue 2 days with Caen, told the anecdote of the World Cup winner at a birthday party and apologized for not knowing what he should wear because he had never been invited to one.
“I called [N’Golo] Kanté for my birthday, it was a small party,” Felipe Saad told Brazilian media outlet Uol Sport.
“Suddenly, he arrived at the restaurant with a box of chocolates, all embarrassed, then he apologized for the gift and said he had never been invited to a birthday party and that’s why he didn’t know what to give.”
Despite Paul Pogba’s recent announcement that he is a France teammate is actually a massive fraud, he said, everyone wants Kante.
Saad explained that his former team collegiate, who left Caen for Leicester City in 2015, is exactly the same behind closed doors as we see.
“N’Golo is one of the best hearts I know, it’s a profile that no longer exists in soccer,” added the 37-year-old Brazilian.
“That’s why there is unanimity among the players, inside the dressing room, he is the same person you see on TV.”
In just six years since Caen left with Ligue 1, he skirted promotion to the Premier League with Leicester, moved to Chelsea, won the League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League with the Blues.
He received his first call-up to the France national team in 2016 and has since become an integral member of the squad, including a win at the 2018 World Cup.
If he contributes in the squad to win the European Championship this summer, Kante could find it difficult to ignore calls for the Ballon d’Or.