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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is hailed as the only world-class player in the Chelsea squad, and is hailed as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Kante can break into any first XI in any of the top sides in the world, and his characteristics as a player makes him unique.
Kante’s energy is relentless, he has good tackling abilities, a good shield in front of the defence, tireless running and just knows how to steal balls without much fuss. But many would say that his biggest ability is to be everywhere at the same time, which led to the famous quote: ‘70% of the Earth is covered by water, the rest by N’golo Kanté’.
Check out these famous quotes about Kante said by world-class players past and present:
1. “He is a fantastic player. He is like a rat, he goes everywhere. He has a top mentality and is a top guy.” – Eden Hazard.
2. “To be the man mountain that he is, and the size he is, says a lot about him.” – David Beckham.
3. “I don’t want N’Golo Kante to be compared with me. Kante can be Kante. I want him to be more than me, but I love to watch him play because you can see in him the joy.
“I love the kind of player like that, who plays for the team. Sometimes you see a team with big players, but for me whenever a team is winning it is because of spirit.” – Claude Makelele
4. “Everybody knows that N’Golo Kante can run for 11 players – that’s his best quality…He’s everywhere!” – Paul Pogba.
5. “I’d say Kante is the best central midfielder in world football, I really would.” – Frank Lampard.
6. “I was at the Chelsea training ground to see Eden Hazard and noticed Kante wandering back to the changing rooms. So I went over to him and stood in front of him. And I poked him in the chest. I had to, just to check if he was real!” – Thierry Henry.
7. “His impact has been absolutely incredible. When you watch him in games he’s infectious. He’s all over the pitch.” – Gary Neville.
There you have it; Kante has indeed won everyone with his style of play. But the big question now is, whether he’s currently being utilised properly by Blues boss Frank Lampard.