Fans Celebrate: N’Golo Kante defeats Mbappe and Paul Pogba

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has beat off fierce competition from the likes of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe to be named France’s French Player of the Year for 2017.

The all-action midfielder, who made it back-to-back Premier League titles in May, received 92 votes to take the crown, awarded by France Football.

That saw him pip PSG phenom Mbappe, the 19-year-old who has enjoyed a stunning rise to prominence, by five votes.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, still persona non grata with the national team, came third with 52 votes to his name.

Kante took the prestigious award following a vote among previous winners – including 2016 winner Antoine Griezmann, France boss Didier Deschamps and ex-UEFA president Michel Platini – as well as the magazine’s current editor in chief.

The latest award adds to a tremendous haul for the 26-year-old, who has made a major impression in English football since his arrival at Leicester in 2015.

Kante has this year been named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Chelsea’s Player of the Year and in the Premier League Team of the Season.

The midfielder starred in Chelsea’s starting XI for the Boxing Day clash with Brighton, as Antonio Conte’s men looked to close the gap at the top of the table.

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