N'Golo Kanté

French association football player

N'Golo Kanté (French: [(ɛ)ŋɡolo kɑ̃te]; born 29 March 1991) is a French football player. He plays for Saudi Arabian side [4]Al-Ittihad and the French National Team.

N'Golo Kante
Kanté warming up for France in 2018
Personal information
Full name N'Golo Leon Jules Kanté[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 33)[2]
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[3]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2010 JS Suresnes
2010–2012 Boulogne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Boulogne 38 (3)
2013–2015 Caen 75 (4)
2015–2016 Leicester City 37 (1)
2016– Chelsea 152 (9)
National team
2016– France 44 (2)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  France
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2018 Russia
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 2016 France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15.49, 13 March 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23.19, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

He made his name in the English Premier League with Leicester City. They won the league on 2015/16, largely because his tackles in midfield and passes to Jamie Vardy created so many goals.

Chelsea bought him next year (2016–17) for £32 million, and they also won the league that year. Since then opposing sides have adjusted to his particular skills, and he has been somewhat less successful. Nevertheless, his performance has been extraordinary as a midfielder only 5'6" tall in an era where most defenders are much taller.

Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016. In 2017 Kanté was named the French Player of the Year, a first for a player from the Premier League in seven years. 12 months later he was a key member of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winning squad.

Personal life

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Kanté's parents moved to France in 1980 from the African country of Mali 11 years before his birth.

Career statistics

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As of match played 11 April 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boulogne 2011–12[5] Ligue 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[5] Championnat National 37 3 2 1 0 0 39 4
Total 38 3 2 1 0 0 40 4
Caen 2013–14[5] Ligue 2 38 2 4 1 1 0 43 3
2014–15[5] Ligue 1 37 2 1 1 1 0 39 3
Total 75 4 5 2 2 0 82 6
Leicester City 2015–16[6] Premier League 37 1 1 0 2 0 40 1
Chelsea 2016–17[7] Premier League 35 1 5 1 1 0 41 2
2017–18[8] Premier League 34 1 5 0 2 0 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 48 1
2018–19[9] Premier League 36 4 2 0 5 1 10[e] 0 0 0 53 5
2019–20[10] Premier League 22 3 1 0 0 0 4[c] 0 1[f] 0 28 3
2020–21[11] Premier League 30 0 4 0 1 0 13[c] 0 48 0
2021–22[12] Premier League 26 2 3 0 4 0 6[c] 0 3[g] 0 42 2
2022–23[13] Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 9 0
Total 190 11 20 1 13 1 41 0 5 0 269 13
Al-Ittihad 2023–24[5] Saudi Pro League 25 2 3 1 6[h] 0 6[i] 1 40 4
Career total 365 21 31 5 17 1 47 0 11 1 471 28
  1. Includes Coupe de France, FA Cup, King Cup
  2. Includes Coupe de la Ligue, Football League Cup/EFL Cup
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  7. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. Appearances in AFC Champions League
  9. Two appearances in Arab Club Champions Cup, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup, two appearances in Saudi Super Cup

International

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As of match played 3 June 2022[14]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 13 1
2017 7 0
2018 16 0
2019 3 0
2020 5 1
2021 7 0
2022 2 0
Total 53 2
As of match played 3 June 2022
France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kanté goal[14]
List of international goals scored by N'Golo Kanté
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 29 March 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 2   Russia 1–0 4–2 Friendly [15]
2 14 November 2020 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal 44   Portugal 1–0 1–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [16]

Honours

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Leicester City

Chelsea

France

Individual

Orders

References

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