N'Golo Kante or Luka Modric? Who is the better player?

In the modern era, midfielders are the backbone of their team. Two such intriguing individuals prove this day in day out. The midfield maestro of Real Madrid Luka Modric has maintained this level for a long time. On the other hand, N’Golo Kante has achieved everything for club and country but he never won the Ballon D’or to his name.

The fans of Kante and Modric often compare their idols and conclude their result based on unfair criteria. These two players play very different roles on the field which makes it more difficult to compare them. Who is the better player among them? Let’s find out.

1: Personal Stats

In the heart of Spain, this Croatian midfielder along with Toni Kroos control the dynamic of Real Madrid. The player has maintained his consistency in terms of performance and that is the main reason why Perez did not sell him yet. 

N’Golo Kante is not far behind in terms of consistency as he has been lifting new titles every year since his arrival to the Premier League in 2015

League Stats Of 2020/21 Season

N'Golo Kante or Luka Modric? Who is the better player?

Based on the above stats of the previous season Modric is ahead of Kante in terms of being an ideal midfielder while Kante edges over him in terms of defending. The two players have different responsibilities on themselves when they are on the pitch and they both are important for their team.

In this category, Luka Modric wins ahead of Kante as he has maintained his performance consistently and has a more avg match rating in almost every season.

2: Titles

One player has more quantity of trophies in his bag while the other has few but quality trophies. The age gap between Kante and Modric is 6 years but the trophy gap is much wider. 

Kante won 6 trophies including 2 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League, 1 FA Cup and a Super Cup. The Frenchman started his career in Premier League late as he had to make his way to the top from the ground.

The Best player of Croatia has won many awards in Spain with Real Madrid. In his career, he won a total of 22 trophies which includes 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 2 La Liga, 4 CWC titles, 3 Spanish Super Cup and many other titles. The trophy cabinet kept getting bigger even after his critics tried their best to pull him down. 

In terms of winning titles for the club, Luka Modric is the winner.

3: International Career

Luka Modric started his international career early as he joined the U-15 team of Croatia. The journey was difficult as he came from a war struck background with many tragic events happening when he was a kid. 

In the 2018 World Cup final Kante and Modric faced each other for the biggest event of this sport. The fact that Croatia made it to the final was a big achievement in itself and Modric was highly praised for his contributions. This collapse ended up as a win for Kante and France. Even after losing the final Modric was given the Golden Ball and other titles followed in the coming months.

The Frenchman Kante lifted two massive titles for his country and he performed great throughout those competitions getting praises from fans all around the world. Kante has a World Cup trophy along with the UEFA Nations League trophy while Modric failed to win any title with Croatia.

N’Golo Kante is victorious over Modric for performance with the country.

4: Individual Stats

According to pundits of football, the only way to compare midfielders is through individual honours. If a player performs well then he will surely be rewarded even if his team does not win anything major. Both Kante and Modric have had their fair share of individual titles in their career.

Individual Honours Of N’Golo Kante

PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16 Premier League, 2016–17 Premier League

ESM Team of the Year: 2015–16, 2016–17

Leicester City Players’ Player of the Year: 2015–16

L’Équipe Team of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2016–17

Premier League Player of the Season: 2016–17

FWA Footballer of the Year: 2016–17

Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year: 2016–17

Chelsea Player of the Year: 2017–18

Trophées UNFP for Best French Player Abroad: 2017, 2018

French Player of the Year: 2017

FIFA FIFPro World11: 2018

UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2018–19

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21

UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: 2020–21


Individual Honours Of Luka Modric:

UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008

Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year: 2010–11

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14,2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 2020–21

La Liga’s Best Midfielder: 2013–14, 2015–16

FIFA FIFPro World11: 2015,[138] 2016,[153] 2017,[167] 2018, 2019

La Liga’s Team of the Season: 2015–16

UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16

FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2016

ESPN Midfielder of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018

UEFA Team of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018

UEFA Midfielder of the Season: 2016–17, 2017–18

IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017, 2018

FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2017

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2018

FIFA World Cup Fantasy Team: 2018

FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2017–18

The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2018

IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2018

Ballon d’Or: 2018

Goal 50: 2017–18

World Soccer Player of the Year: 2018

Golden Foot: 2019

IFFHS World Team of the Decade: 2011–2020

IFFHS UEFA Team of the Decade: 2011–2020

Real Madrid Player of the Season: 2020–21


Luka Modric has won the most prestigious Ballon D’or and has been awarded FIFA The Best player in 2018. There is no comparison by Kante in this category as Modric is ahead of many other midfielders.

The Croatian Legend Luka Modric wins in this category.

Is Kante better than Luka Modric?

N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric both play entirely different roles in midfield. The French Champion is a defensive midfielder while Modric is more inclined towards attacking. 


The National team of France is a strong team filled with many talents and each player is replaceable if it comes to that. In such conditions, a humble yet talented player made his mark for his country. The last few years have been magical for Kante and he may continue to get more records to his name.

The Real Madrid midfield maestro has led a long career filled with great moments of joy and sorrow where he lifted massive titles for his clubs. The player won over Kante in most of the above categories and deserves to be our winner.

If we look into the lives of Kante and Modric both these players come from a difficult background without any support. It took courage and hard work for them to make it to the top even when their future was uncertain and dark in the past. Massive respect to them for making it till here. 

The winner between them is Modric but in the future things can change and he may get ahead.

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