Former Chelsea defender and French footballing legend Frank Leboeuf has named current midfielder N’Golo Kante as the player who is worth ‘worth a billion’ pounds.
Kante, 30, arrived from Leicester City’s title-winning side in 2016 in a deal worth £32.2m.
Since his arrival in the country’s capital, the French midfielder has gone on to feature in 218 games and has even directly contributed to 21 goals, in all competitions.
The star’s latest heroics came on Saturday night after the Blues beat domestic rivals Manchester City 1-0 to lift the Champions League trophy.
Kante’s exceptional performance saw him claim the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
Speaking after the game, Leboeuf, who played 192 times for Chelsea from 1996 – 2001, took the time to single Kante out for some praise of the highest order.
“It’s unbelievable because it’s unexpected,” Leboeuf told ESPN FC, as quoted by Metro. “Everybody thought Manchester City would dominate and win. All the bookies put City as favourite and they deserved that position.
“But you need to fill up all the list and make sure you cope with all details and Manchester City didn’t, whereas Chelsea did, certainly because of Tuchel and the choice of his lineup.
“We thought that maybe [Hakim] Ziyech would play on the right side where he put Havertz, and Havertz is maybe the man of the match.
“We were expecting also something great from N’Golo Kante, I don’t even have the words for that.
“That guy is worth a billion. It’s impossible to sell him. That guy has to stay for the rest of his life at Chelsea. That guy was absolutely a monster.”
Kante’s latest trophy-winning performance now sees him close in on becoming one of the Premier League’s all-time greatest ever defensive midfielders.
The Frenchman now has six major trophies to his name, including two Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Not bad, eh?