N’Golo Kante might earn £110,000-a-week at Chelsea; however, you can’t help but get the impression that money hasn’t affected the Frenchman in any way.
The 26-year-old always comes across a genuinely humble and modest in interviews and, unlike other multi-millionaire Premier League footballers, doesn’t own multiple Ferraris or Porches.
Instead, Kante drives around in a second-hand Mini Cooper, estimated cost around £20,000 brand new.
Amusingly, the indefatigable midfielder didn’t even think that he needed a car when he first arrived in England back in 2015.
“A lot is made of the fact Kanté prefers to drive a Mini rather than operating with the fleet of dream machines that other members of his profession consider essential. But it turns out that when Kanté first arrived in Leicester he was not even sure he needed any wheels,” the Guardian’s Daniel Taylor revealed last year after speaking to one of Kante’s ex-Leicester teammates.
“Kanté, the story goes, reckoned it was possible to run into training every day and had to be persuaded that it wasn’t usually done that way in the Premier League.”
Kante crashed his Mini Cooper on Wednesday
However, there was some worrying news on Wednesday when it was revealed that Kante had crashed his beloved Mini Cooper on the King’s Road while making his way to Stamford Bridge for the Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal.
“His wing mirror was smashed and his front wheel arch was all dented,” an eyewitness told The Sun.
“He must have been pretty annoyed but he was more than happy for fans to take selfies with him.”
Fortunately, Kante emerged unscathed and played the full 90 minutes against the Gunners hours later.
He turned up to training in the same car two days later
Two days after the crash and Kante turned up to training, much to the delight of Chelsea fans on social media, in the exact same car.
Per The Sun, the frontlet wheel arch remained completely torn off the car, while his left wing mirror had been reattached with gaffer tape.
Yep, despite earning enough money to buy five brand new Mini Coopers every week, Kante is perfectly happy driving around in his battered and bruised motor.
What a guy.
Here’s what Chelsea fans have been saying…
Kante: I'm not someone who loves cars
“I’ve never been someone who loves a car and when I was young I didn’t have the ambition of a car or something like that,” Kante previously told reports.
“But my Mini, for the beginning, was good to learn to drive on the left. I got it in Leicester and I still have it now. But it’s good.”
Never change, N’Golo.
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