N’Golo Kante has earned a reputation as one of the nicest, most humble men in football.
The Chelsea midfielder never likes being the centre of attention, instead preferring to celebrate any success as a team.
When Blaise Matuidi said Kante was responsible for stopping Lionel Messi in France’s World Cup last-16 win against Argentina, Kante replied: “No, no. We did it together.”
And when France paraded the World Cup trophy at the Stade de France in September, the former Leicester City man simply stood and smiled while his teammates sung his name.
In an age where many footballers are focused just as much on social media as they are on trophies, Kante’s style is refreshing.
But even the calmest of players can lose their rag at times.
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi found that out when he played Kante at FIFA.
Kante's FIFA rage-quit
Hudson-Odoi has posted footage on Snapchat showing Kante quitting a game of FIFA while trailing 4-0.
The match hadn’t even reached half-time when Kante decided enough was enough. He was on his way to a third-straight defeat to the 18-year-old.
Brilliant. FIFA players know Kante’s pain.
Maurizio Sarri will hope for a better showing from Kante in Chelsea’s upcoming matches.
The France international received a late call-up to the squad that will take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Wednesday.
Sarri had planned to rest Kante but he’s travelled to Belarus after Cesc Fabregas’ late withdrawal through illness.
Still, the Express expect Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, to start in midfield.
Alvaro Morata has been left at home.
"He played for three matches in a row,” Sarri explained. “I thought it was better for him to stay at Cobham and rest and have only training."
Marcos Alonso, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger also haven’t travelled.