Record-breaking Harry Kane surpasses Messi, Ronaldo


Harry Kane admitted that his hat-trick in Tottenham's 3-0 win against Burnley was inspired by his bid to shatter Alan Shearer's English Premier League (EPL) record for goals in a calendar year.

The England star's treble against Burnley on December 23 moved him level on 36 with Alan Shearer and he never looked as though he was going to struggle with the expectation, beating the record, which had lasted for 22 years, in the 22nd minute as part of an huge performance.

The England worldwide, who has made history in just 36 appearances compared to Shearer's 42 for Blackburn in 1995, put Spurs into a two-goal half-time lead with a close-range header and a simple tap-in before completing his second successive hat-trick with a dinked finish over Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his side's fifth.

"We hope for Tottenham and for him and I wish that every season (year) he will score 50 or more", he said."I think he can still improve, he is 24 and the player arrives at their best 27, 28, 29 and it depends how professional you are."Harry Kane, if he keeps that mentality, keeps working hard every day, can play until he wants to". "I remember saying a few years ago when we were covering an FA Cup tie that he was worth £90 million (S$161.6 million)".

But it would be doing the Londoner a disservice by reducing him to simply a goal machine, there are more facets to his game, with Kane being more of a '9½' or in other words part-creator, part-finisher. "I think today, [number] one striker in the world, specific position. I feel sharp, I feel at my best".

"Just getting more experience should make me a better player anyway". That tally means he has scored more hat-tricks in 2017 than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani combined.

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Kane is bidding to become just the third Premier League player to complete a Golden Boot hat-trick, following in the footsteps of Shearer (1994-97) and Thierry Henry (2003-06).

"I said to the lads before the game to try and set me up and they all did that so I'll have to take them out to dinner or something".

It has been a fantastic year.

"It's an awesome story for us, as a coaching staff, when you look at him play - not only feel happy [but] so proud of all this he has achieved", said Pochettino, who added that Tuesday match was so open it could have finished 7-4 to Spurs.

"But I am so pleased to finish in this way the year and looking forward now for the next year".