N’Golo Kante: Chelsea superstar. France international. 2018 World Cup winner. A player with a work ethic so relentless many claim that while 70 percent of the world is covered by water, the rest is covered by N’Golo Kante.
Even so, he still loves chicken curry and a spot of FIFA.
Following Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff last weekend, Kante missed the last Eurostar back to Paris from St Pancras. So he decided to google the nearest mosque and pay a visit.
While there, Kante was spotted by 31-year-old Badlur Rahman Jalil who, despite being an Arsenal fan, decided to invite the footballer to his house for dinner.
“I went to the mosque on Saturday evening to pray and we just prayed together”, Jalil told the BBC. “It’s Islamic teaching to invite guests to your house for dinner, so I asked him.”
After arriving at Jalil’s house they ate chicken curry (Kante’s on a protein diet) and played a few games of FIFA (Kante won):
N'Golo Kante missed his train home on Saturday night so he stayed with fans and played FIFA 😂 👏pic.twitter.com/yy1qV7QXg4
— Football Planet (@FoootballPlanet) September 17, 2018
Then they were treated to the surreal experience of watching a professional footballer watch himself on Match of the Day.
World Cup winner, former premier league player of the year, 2 time premiership winner casually joined us to watch MOTD after visiting a local mosque. True definition of being humble. What a man. pic.twitter.com/y14NanXKPn
— J (@jahrul999) September 16, 2018
Kante ended up spending two hours at the house where, unsurprisingly, around 10 of Jalil’s mates showed up to meet the man. One friend, who goes by @jahrul999 on Twitter, may have put it best with these words:
“I’m a Liverpool fan and most of us are Arsenal fans, but Kante is more than just a footballer. As a Muslim, he is a great role model to us and an example of a good human being.”
Anyone familiar with Kante will know about his humble reputation. Whether on or off the pitch, he seems to put the needs of others before himself. Better still, he is clearly devoted to Islam and the values of tolerance, kindness and hospitality that come with our faith.
This unique Saturday night-in makes us truly happy to live in a world with Kante. Despite incredible talent, fame and wealth, he doesn’t feel as if he’s above anyone else – even an Arsenal fan.