When N’Golo Kante Humiliated Rodri With Filthy Skill As Chelsea Ace Leaves Europe, Video

When N’Golo Kante Humiliated Rodri With Filthy Skill As Chelsea Ace Leaves Europe, Video

Martin Moses
June 21, 2023 at 1:25 PM
  • N'Golo Kante exits English football after eight years at Leicester City and Chelsea
  • Kante will be among the high-profile names to move to Saudi Arabia this summer
  • His astute skill on the ball once left Manchester City midfielder Rodri on the floor

N'Golo Kante became the latest high-profile name to seal a move to Saudi Arabia this week, with the Chelsea ace leaving on a free transfer.

The news, although rumoured for some time, would still come as a heartbreak to both the Chelsea faithful and European football lovers.

So immaculate was Kante that he literally had no haters - the only thing rivals could do was marvel at the diminutive winger, who remained down to earth despite the enormous successes he accumulated during his career in Europe.

N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Al-Ittihad, Karim Benzema
N'Golo Kante poses with the man-of-the-match award after winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021. Photo by Alex Caparros.
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Any midfielder would dream of having won the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, or the FIFA World Cup before retiring. Kante got them all and added a second EPL crown, just in case anyone thought the first was a fluke.

Talking of the first time, the Frenchman etched his name in history when he and the rest of the Leicester City team rode the waves and overcame all odds to win the 2016 English Premier League.

"As Kante’s medal collection swelled, he remained understated, humble, and immensely popular with teammates, coaches and supporters alike," Chelsea said in their farewell message to Kante, as per their official website.

On his good day, Kante was technically unplayable, covering every blade of grass with untiring energy. The run-up to Chelsea's 2021 Champions League triumph was the height of the Frenchman's abilities.

Kante in Champions League final

He delivered man-of-the-match performances in each round from the quarter-final stage to the final of the UCL, where they eventually beat Manchester City.

In the final of the elite competition, Kante's presence was felt everywhere, with the Man City social media admin capturing the moment perfectly.

"No changes at the break and little chances so far this half - Kante has been everywhere all game; if we can bypass him, we might be in business!"

They never bypassed him. A first-half Kai Havertz strike was enough to make Kante a European champion three years after he became a world champion.

When Kante humiliated Rodri

The 32-year-old is not one for the razzmatazz and sublime skills, but he can still pull it off. He once sent Rodri the wrong way; one swift turn and change in pace saw the Spanish midfielder crash to the ground stomach first.

It is hard to imagine which Chelsea will miss more: his calm aura or his performances on the pitch. His exit paves the way for the club to rebuild their midfield around British record-signing, Enzo Fernandez, but one cannot argue that Kante would have been immense under Mauricio Pochettino, who operates with a double pivot.

It will take time before the Premier League sees another player who goes about his business without a fuss as the Paris-born star.

He might ditch his Mini Cooper in the Middle East, he might not get all the plaudits Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will get in the Saudi League, but one thing is for certain - Kante will find a way to excite his new fanbase with his mercurial showing whenever he steps onto the pitch.

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