Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said that his club and French national team team-mate N’Golo Kante was too shy to lift the World Cup trophy following France’s victory in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
Both Kante and Giroud were on the field when France won their second World Cup by beating Croatia 4-2 during the final. Kante is known to be a player who shuns the media spotlight and is very humble.
Giroud told Chelsea’s Facebook page: “He is so shy so he didn’t want to say ‘give it to me’, so he had to wait. “Sometimes people came in front of him. At the end of the day someone took it and gave it to him.”
More recently, following Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, a Gunners fan bumped into Kante. Kante then apologised to the fan for his team beating them. The game was a very close encounter. After taking a 2-0 lead, many would have thought that Chelsea would have sailed their way to victory. The Gunners, however, showed mental to bring the scores back to 2-2.
After coming off the bench, Eden Hazard set up Marcos Alonso, who struck the winner for Chelsea in the 81st minute.
Kante has undergone a major transformation over the past four years. He has gone from being an unknown player in the French Ligue 1 with Caen in 2014 to winning two Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea respectively. Now he has won the World Cup and is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of the modern generation.