Best on the field for the second game in a row

At 33 years old and playing in Saudi Arabia, the midfielder continues to be a key player for the French national team.

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At 33 years old and playing in Saudi Arabia for Al Ittihad, N'Golo Kanté continues to demonstrate that he is an essential piece for coach Didier Deschamps.

Despite moving to the Middle East, Kanté's influence on the pitch remains undiminished, showcasing his enduring skill and leadership.

This Friday night, at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, the French midfielder, born in Paris, played the entire match in the draw against the Netherlands (0-0) in the second round of Group D of Euro 2024. His presence was pivotal in maintaining the team's structure and stability throughout the game. Kanté's high-level performance did not go unnoticed as he once again secured, for the second consecutive game, the 'Player of the Match' award given by UEFA, the governing body of European football. His ability to dominate the midfield and break up opposition play was a key factor in France's solid defensive display.

Kanté's accolades continue to pile up, reinforcing his status as one of the best midfielders of his generation. The player, who became a world champion in 2018 in Russia, had already won this distinction in the opening round of the continental tournament in France's victory over Austria (0-1) in Düsseldorf last Monday, the 17th. In that match, his tireless work ethic and excellent ball distribution were instrumental in securing the narrow win.

Despite the change in his club environment, Kanté's performances for the national team suggest he is still at the peak of his powers. His consistency and professionalism are a testament to his dedication and passion for the game, making him an invaluable asset to both his club and country. As Euro 2024 progresses, fans and analysts alike will be watching closely to see if Kanté can continue to inspire and lead the French team towards another major tournament success.

Updated: 10:28, 22 Jun 2024

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