Despite his current status as one of Europe’s top midfielders, the Chelsea player was unsure about his prospects several years ago.
In an interview about his life outside of football with the club’s magazine, he revealed that he studied accountancy while playing for Championnat National team Boulogne.
“I was at Boulogne, in the second team – the sixth, then the fifth division. I wasn’t a professional, so I kept studying because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make a living as a footballer,” he said.
On turning 18, the midfielder earned his baccalauréat (the French equivalent of A-Levels), and studied accountancy for two years.
“When I went up to the first team, I became professional, so I stopped studying,” said Kanté.
“I got my qualification in accountancy, but now I prefer to concentrate on football.”
Over the weekend, the midfielder suffered a suspected hamstring tear while playing for the French national team.
However, it was not all doom and gloom for Kanté, as on Monday he was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career.