N’Golo Kante, nicest guy in football, has done something real nice in his response to being told he stopped Lionel Messi at the World Cup.
The Chelsea midfielder has truly risen to the top during France’s winning campaign at the Russia tournament, confirming his position as one of the planet’s best defensive midfielders.
Such is the great-guy reputation and popularity of Kante, his teammates constantly serenade him with a song, aptly about himself.
A line from the tune claims Kante stopped Messi in a nod to his shift put in against Argentina during their last-16 game, which ended in a 4-3 victory for France.
However, when France midfielder, Blaise Matuidi, told Kante their victory was all about him, he wasn’t having any of it.
‘Kante, he is small but he stopped Messi’, Matuidi said as per the Metro.
No, no. We did it together.
Christ. Remarkable stuff. To be humble in victory… boy, that’s something we can all aspire to.
Hey, what’s going on with Messi anyway? Is that guy EVER gonna win a World Cup?
He sure was hopeful last year.
In November 2017, he told FIFA.com:
We’ll be in good shape when we get there because we’re still growing. We had to go through something that we didn’t expect or deserve, because we had earlier matches against Venezuela and Peru that we could have won easily.
If we had, then we wouldn’t have had to go through what we did at the end. We’ve had four competitive matches with a new coach, but the national team’s going to change now that the Ecuador game’s behind us.
It’s going to grow and it’s going to get rid of all the tension and fear it felt because of that match and because of the risk of not achieving our objective. The national team’s going to change a lot.
On the wounds of the 2014 final:
I don’t know if they’re ever going to heal. We’re just going to have to live with it. It’s going to be there forever.
The World Cup is a very happy memory and a bitter one too because of how it ended, how it all worked out. But it’s always going to be there.
It was very important [beating Ecuador in the qualifying match] because missing out on the World Cup would have been a huge blow, firstly for the squad as a whole and then for me on a personal level.
I don’t know how I would have taken it. The same goes for the people of Argentina. Failing to make Russia would have been an all-time low for the country.
A disappointing show from the lads. I suppose they’ll have to go back to the drawing board and figure out some new, modernised, hand of God weapon, to inflict on honest-playing teams. I’m not bitter.
As for the French… you guys keep doing you. It’s obviously working. But Griezmann, for the love of all that’s good in the world, stop doing that dance when you score!
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