The moment Chelsea lift the champions league trophy

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Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (C) lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. (Photo by David Ramos / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DAVID RAMOS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante was the pick of the Chelsea players in their Champions League final win over Manchester City.

Whilst much of the credit will understandably fall on matchwinner Kai Havertz as well as the likes of Reece James and Andreas Christensen, it was the Frenchman who was, for many, the best player on the pitch.

On numerous occasions, Kante was able to stop City attacks with a crucial interception and his performance was praised by former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

“N’Golo Kante put on a masterclass on how to retrieve the ball, defend, break things up and then be a menace in that midfield, he controlled the game

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Valerio Pennicino captured a special moment of the defender carrying Kante as the post match celebrations got underway.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: N’Golo Kante, Kurt Zouma, Christian Pulisic and Billy Gilmour of Chelsea celebrate winning the Champions League as Sergio Aguero of Manchester City looks dejected following the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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