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The pair were the definition of unknown quantities prior to their arrival at the King Power Stadium. Mahrez, who cost £450,000, had been plying his trade with Le Havre - while Kante, a bargain £5.6 million buy just over a year later, was at Caen.
At 21, both players were playing amateur football in France. Two years later and they were still playing in the second division of French football.
By 2016, the duo were getting £10 haircuts and playing starring roles in Leicester's 5000-1 fairytale Premier League triumph under Claudio Ranieri.
Fast forward five years and after clutch performances in the Champions League semi-finals while fasting for Ramadan, the pair of PFA Player of the Year award winners will lock horns in the biggest game in European club football in Istanbul at the end of the month.
Manchester City winger Mahrez stepped up to the mark with three goals over two legs to sink Paris Saint-Germain, while Chelsea's Kante delivered two Man of the Match displays in the middle of the park as Real Madrid were knocked out.
Leicester made an incredible profit of around £55 million on Mahrez and Kante, who have both achieved enormous success and lifted trophies aplenty at their respective clubs but now have eyes on the big one.
Started from the bottom, now they're here...
Featured Image Credit: PA Images, Getty Images, Le Havre & SM Caen
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