There is humble…Then there is N’Golo-Anthony Rudiger

Former Chelsea player, Anthony Rudiger is full of encomiums for N’Gono Kante, for being the epitome of humility. The German professional, who is leaving premier league frontline team, Chelsea for Spanish giant, Real Madrid, is full of thumb-ups for one of Africa’s representatives at the club for resisting untold pressure from other team mates to upgrade from driving his Mini Cooper to luxury brands.


Describing Kante as one of the nicest persons in football while delivering his goodbye message to Chelsea on Friday, Rudiger also praised his former teammate for being a man who brightens teammates day with his ever smiling face.

According to him, Kante is humility personified, one who always has a smile on his face no matter what.

Kante, Rudiger revealed, refused to upgrade his Mini Cooper which he drives to training everyday despite earning £110,000-a-week and in spite of all the pressures he gets from his Chelsea team-mates who drives exotic luxury cars, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and Range Rovers.

“Before I came to Chelsea, I had heard all the beautiful stories about him. They said he is always smiling. They said he still drives an old Mini Cooper.

“He is surrounded by teammates who drives luxury cars. Despite earning £110,000-a-week at Chelsea, Kante continues to drive his beloved Mini Cooper to training despite being surrounded by teammates who drive luxury cars from brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and Range Rovers.

“Despite earning £110,000-a-week at Chelsea, Kante continues to drive his beloved Mini Cooper to training despite being surrounded by teammates who drives luxury cars from brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and Range Rovers.

“Everything with NG is authentic. Even the Mini Cooper. People laugh about it. But there is a real story behind it,” Rudiger said.

Rudiger also offered a historical perspective into why Kante is not about to change his beloved Mini Cooper in years to come. According to him, coming from his background and his dream to play in the premiership, acquiring the Mini, his very first, was not just buying a car. It was huge and something that has greater meaning.

“It was a dream for NG to make it to the Premier League, coming from where he came from and the Mini was the first car that he bought when he got to England. So for him, it is not just a car. It has a deep meaning.

“Of course, the boys always joke with him about it, but I am telling you, this man is so polite that he just tells you what you want to hear.

“Someone will say, ‘NG, you know what car is really cool? A Mercedes, bro. I can see you whippin’ a black Mercedes’.

“And NG will just look at them genuinely and say, ‘Yes, O.K. We will think about it. Thank you, that’s a good idea’.

“But he’s just playing with you. At the end of the day, you know that you’re going to be seeing that Mini at the training ground for the next 10 years.

“I tell people all the time…. There is humble. And there is humble. And then there is N’Golo.”

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