What more can you say about Harry Kane?
The 24-year-old has cemented his status as one of the world’s best centre-forwards - if not *the* world’s best centre-forward - over the course of 2017.
Thanks to his hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 victory over Southampton at Wembley on Boxing Day, Kane ends the year with a remarkable 56 goals in 52 games for Spurs and England - the most among players in Europe’s top five leagues.
He also broke Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year (39) and became the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks on two separate occasions.
“Harry is world-class,” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino told reporters, per the Guardian, after the match. “Of course, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] are different. Today – one striker in the world, a specific position – who is better than Harry? It’s difficult to say he’s the best but he’s shown to everyone he’s one of the best.
“Both of his records are massive – to break the Premier League record set by Alan Shearer and then, if you see that over the last seven, eight or nine years, it’s always Messi and Cristiano and now, it’s Harry as well.”
Indeed, Kane has outscored both Messi and Ronaldo in 2017, which in itself is a miraculous achievement.
Commentator's comment about Kane raises eyebrows
He added another match ball to his collection with his treble against the Saints - but there was a line from commentator Steve Wilson on Match of the Day which raised the eyebrows of football fans on Twitter.
“Well, Harry Kane. To be honest, if he retired now we’d be talking about him for decades to come - but he’s got years ahead of him!”
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Here’s how Twitter has reacted to that line…
Kane needs major honours to become a legend
Would we really be talking about Kane for decades to come?
Although he boasts some hugely impressive goalscoring stats and has picked up a few individual accolades - including the Premier League’s Golden Boot award in 2016 and 2017 - Kane is yet to win a single major honour during his career.
The closest he’s come to a medal so far was during the 2014-15 campaign when he finished as a runner-up in the League Cup final.
While Kane is undoubtedly on the right path to establishing his status as a legend of the game, he’s still got a lot of work to do before that happens.
You can understand why people reckon the MOTD commentator’s comment was a little over the top last night.
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