Hey there, sports enthusiasts! Guess what? N’Golo Kanté, the dynamo who once graced the midfield for Chelsea, has now taken a thrilling leap into the world of football club ownership. He’s just snapped up a third-tier team in Belgium, and boy, are they excited!
The club, Royal Excelsior Virton, couldn’t contain their joy and announced the news with a statement that screamed, “Small town, big dreams!” It’s like a fairy tale, isn’t it? A small town club now owned by a world-renowned footballer.
Now, here’s a fun fact for you. Kanté, who recently inked a three-year deal with Saudi champions Al-Ittihad after a six-year stint at Chelsea, is stepping into the shoes of entrepreneur Flavio Becca to steer the club that’s just a stone’s throw away from France.
Kanté’s love for the beautiful game is no secret, and he’s all set to channel that passion into structuring the club. His vision? To strengthen its foundations, stabilize the staff, and breathe new life into RE Virton’s tradition of nurturing talent through its youth academy. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
Over at Al-Ittihad, Kanté’s reportedly set to pocket more than a whopping $100 million over the course of his deal. Talk about a payday!
But let’s not forget, this is a man who’s tasted success at the highest level. He’s a World Cup winner with France in 2018, a Champions League winner with Chelsea in 2021, and has been one of the Premier League’s shining stars in recent years, winning back-to-back titles with Leicester (2016) and Chelsea (2017). Now, that’s what I call a winning streak!
So, what do you think? Is Kanté’s venture into club ownership a sign of things to come for other footballers? Only time will tell!