Kanté’s class takes centre-stage and outlasts World Cup’s showier stars | Richard Williams

The diminutive France midfielder eschews glitz on and off the pitch but helps bring teams to their knees with artful simplicity

Henri Langlois would have understood the genius of N’Golo Kanté. Over 60 years ago the founder of the Cinémathèque Française revived interest in the career of an obscure American actress of the silent era with a famous quote: “There is no Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks!”

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