The Chelsea midfielder picked up the accolade at the Landmark Hotel in London, which was in recognition of an outstanding season as the 26-year-old played an instrumental part in the Blues winning the Premier League.
It is the second successive campaign where Kante has been the driving force for the champions after his exploits at Leicester earned him £32million summer move to Stamford Bridge.
Kante, though, paid tribute to the efforts of his team-mates in Antionio Conte’s triumphant squad and admitted he wasn’t necessarily the stand-out performer as he accepted the award which marked the 70th anniversary of the FWA.
“It is special because I couldn’t even say I am the best player, but it’s very special and a great honour,” said Kante, who fought off competition from his team-mate Eden Hazard and Tottenham forward Dele Alli – voted second and third respectively in the poll of journalists.
“It is not only me. I owe so much to my team-mates because we have achieved so much together this season and we still have the FA Cup.
“It is very special, a few years ago I was playing in the French lower divisions. Five years ago I wasn’t even professional, so to receive this kind of award means I am the kind of player I cannot even imagine being here.”