France played their first home international on Sunday night since winning the World Cup in July, beating the Netherlands 2-1 in front of a sold out Stade de France who were ready to celebrate the national team’s big summer success.
So in addition to the game itself, and the three points won in the Nations League, Les Bleus entertained the locals by presenting the trophy won in Russia — the second time they’ve collected football’s biggest prize — and letting the fans bask in the glow of ultimate success.
But even more lovely than all that was Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy leading the stadium in a singalong of N’Golo Kanté’s now iconic chant, the one that immortalizes him stopping Lionel Messi ... and also cheating at cards.
Quand le Stade de France reprend la chanson de N'Golo Kanté avec les Bleus pic.twitter.com/i6cJGQxaFI— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) September 9, 2018
Officially official: everyone loves N’Golo Kanté.
And here’s just one reason why, if his excellence on the pitch wasn’t enough: extreme, genuine shyness and endless humility.