The French players mentioned Lionel Messi in their N'Golo Kante song

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Just four years ago, N’Golo Kante was playing in France's Ligue 2.

Now, the midfielder is a world champion.

In four short years, Kante has won two Premier League titles, the PFA Player of the Year and an FA Cup.

But winning the World Cup rounds off the incredible journey that he’s been on.

What makes Kante so likeable, though, is the fact that he’s still as humble as he was when he was playing in Ligue 2.

He drives around in a second-hand Mini Cooper and comes across as shy and retiring.

You’d certainly never expect him to be making headlines for negative reasons.

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

What’s more, he’s a world-class player.

But it’s not just football fans that love him, it seems his teammates do too.

On the pitch after the match, Steven Nzonzi made sure Kante got his hands on the World Cup trophy after he was too shy to ask his teammates.

And then, on the team coach back to hotel after the match, the French players serenaded Kante with a little song - that also included Lionel Messi.


It went: "N'golo Kante, he's short, he's handsome, he's the one who stopped Messi, N'golo Kante!"

Kante’s reaction?

He looked extremely embarrassed by all the attention.

Of course, the French players were alluding to their last-16 clash against Argentina where Kante restricted Messi’s impact.

It was the only match where France found themselves behind in the whole tournament.

Messi didn’t have much involvement during Argentina's 4-3 defeat - although he did register two assists - and much of that was down to Kante’s superb performance.

It was probably Messi’s final chance to win the biggest prize in football and Kante played a big role in stopping him from reaching his dream this summer.

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