Chelsea Football Club and N’Golo Kante have both been honoured by the World Sport Organisation in the Football Reputation Awards.
The independent, non-profit World Sport Organisation encourages global co-operation to promote the positive influence professional sport, and in particular those who compete in it, can have on humanity.
As part of that goal, they hold the annual Football Reputation Awards to recognise the clubs and players who have led the way, setting an example by promoting a better world, and raise awareness of the potential for sport to influence positive change in society.
Three awards are given out every year – one each for a club, player and former player – decided in a secret vote by players, legends, coaches, referees, executives and journalists from around European football, with two of them going to the Blues for 2021.
All three awards are judged across 10 categories, including how people set a positive example for society, promote peace, sustainability and healthy living and oppose discrimination, inequality and poverty.
Midfielder Kante was the overwhelming winner of the Football Player with the Best Reputation 2021 award, receiving 62 per cent of the overall votes, with nobody else having more than 17 per cent, making it comfortably the biggest margin for any of the three awards. He is one of six Chelsea players in the top 50 of the poll, along with Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Thiago Silva.
There was more recognition for the Blues, as Chelsea was named the Football Club with the Best Reputation 2021 after receiving 37 per cent of the votes in that category, with director Marina Granovskaia accepting the award from World Sport Organisation president Thomas Di Gianantonio at Stamford Bridge on behalf of the club.