N’Golo Kante was competing with the Premier League heavyweights in race to win PFA Player of the Year award. Chelsea’s star teammate Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku were the big names competing besides Kante to win PFA Player of the 2017 award, but Kante received more vote than any of these stars to win the prestigious award.
Kante was also shortlisted for 2016 PFA Player of the Year, but last time his former Leicester City’s teammate Riyad Mahrez won the award in Foxes Premier League winning season. It was Kante’s time to shine this time and take the award home.
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Chelsea leads the point table with four points, and on verge of winning their fourth Premier League (total of five league titles). Belgium’s captain Eden Hazard is their main man, but 2015 PFA Player of the year only proved secondary to N’Golo Kante in terms of number of vote received by the fellow players.
“It means the world to me. To be chosen as player of the year is a great honour. It’s good to be still in two competitions. We are going to fight for both and give our best to win these two competitions,” Kante told Chelsea official website.
Chelsea reached FA Cup final with 4-2 victory over London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, and they’ll also be battling for the Premier League title.
N’Golo Kante’s teammates Eden Hazard, David Luiz, and Gary Cahill were also included in PFA Premier League Team of the Year with him. Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli wins PFA Young Player of the Year award for second consecutive time; whereas former England international and Manchester United star, David Beckham was honoured with PFA Merit 2017 award for his contribution to the football.