FRANCE: The French international and football sensation, Ngolo Kante, is just a mile away from being crowned with the best of all-time footballer of the year award.
The prestigious award became a global prize in 2007 with all professional footballers from around the world being eligible.
Kante is on every headline as the perfect fit after leading Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League final as well as lifting the iconic trophy.
After winning four consecutive player-of-the-match awards including during the night at Estadio in Porto, Kante also won the final game against their rivals Manchester City.
The midfield machine has been on the rise since his professional debut in football. Winning EPL back to back, one Europa Cup, Champions League, and World Cup speaks of the remarkable journey Kante has had in his career.
The 28-year-old is extraordinary both on and off the pitch. He is arguably the most humble and loved player in world football history.
The 2020 Euro competition may be the only block for Kante winning this coveted prize. With other players like Roberto Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe on the list, all odds are on Kante to triumph.
Milan’s George Weah, the only African recipient, became the first non-European to win the award in 1995. The two-time EPL winner will go down on history as Chelsea’s all-time player lifting this global award.
France football club is in the group (F) against Portugal, Germany, and Hungary. A difficult group but with Kante at the heart of the Midfield, Didier Deschamp’s men are hopeful of lifting Europe again.
The winners of the FIFA Ballon d’Or are chosen by international journalists and the coaches and captains of the national teams under FIFA’s jurisdiction.
The award shows a bias in favor of attacking players, which has increased in recent decades. The six editions of the FIFA Ballon d’Or were dominated by Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo as part of their rivalry.
Kante coming in to bridge that gap is another honor for Chelsea and France Football Association.