Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante believed that he could jog to training instead of driving when he first joined Leicester City in 2015.
The 26-year-old was voted the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night, beating teammate Eden Hazard among others to the prize.
The award comes after an absolutely stellar two seasons for the Frenchman, starting last year when he was the key to Leicester City's title-winning squad.
This season Kane has continued where he left off in the east-Midlands, earning plaudits for his high-octane and hard-tackling style of play.
But the former Foxes man also deserves praise for his work-ethic off the field, as displayed in Daniel Taylor's latest column for The Guardian.
Kante The brilliant reasons why N'Golo Kante didn't think he needed a car ... ♥♥ https://t.co/UGMQvnkTDE
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“With N’Golo Kanté expected to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year on Sunday, perhaps this is an appropriate time to share a little‑known story, passed on by one of his old teammates at Leicester City, that fits in neatly with the way the Chelsea midfielder goes about his business,” Taylor wrote in his latest Guardian column .
“A lot is made of the fact Kanté prefers to drive a Mini rather than operating with the fleet of dream machines that other members of his profession consider essential. But it turns out that when Kanté first arrived in Leicester he was not even sure he needed any wheels.
“Kanté, the story goes, reckoned it was possible to run into training every day and had to be persuaded that it wasn’t usually done that way in the Premier League.”