Harry Kane topples Lionel Messi to end as top goal scorer in 2017

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane scored twice against Southampton to be assured of finishing the year as the top goal scorer in the in European football for the calendar year of 2017.Kane now has 56 goals across all competitions for club and country and overtook Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals. He scored his 8th hat-trick n this year, as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Southampton5-2 at Wembley.”You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work,” the former England and Newcastle United great wrote on Twitter.You�??ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work. �??��?���???�?���?��??️- Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 26, 2017Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, are all tied in third with 53 goals.Kane equalled Messi in the 22nd minute of the game at Wembley as headed his team ahead  from a peach of a delivery from Christian Eriksen. He set the new record just before half-time as he taped in a beautiful ball from Son Heung-min. Kane got to his hat-trick in the 67th mnute of the game, with a sublime chip over Ben Foster. He now has 96 Premier League career goals.67 – @HKane sends a majestic chip over Forster to complete his hat-trick in style. Sublime.�?�️ #THFC 5-1 #SaintsFC �??� pic.twitter.com/Iw3ICPihcuadvertisement- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017It is the also the first time since the year 2009 that anyone else apart from Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi  have not finished as the top scorer. It was David Villa had done the honours on that occasion.Villa has scored 43 goals in 2009, Messi scored 60 in 2010 and Ronaldo returned with 60 too he next year. It was Messi again with 91 goals (a record) in 2012, as Ronaldo fished as top scorer in three consecutive years with 69, 61 and 57 goals in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.  Last year in 2016, Messi finished on top with 59 goals.He also surpassed Newcastle United great Alan Shearer’s record as the highest goal scorer in a calendar year in the Premier League. Kane now has 38 goals in 2017 and beat a 22-year old record.It was Kane’s seventh hat-trick, against Burnley at Turf Moor that he had equalled Shearer’s record of most goals scored in a calendar year. His three goals took his tally to 39 goals in 2017, to match the same number Shearer had managed in 1995.”He is amazing, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game. But it is fantastic for him,” had said Pochettino after Spurs’ win over Burnley.”It’s difficult to find words to describe Harry Kane. Even during my time at Spurs I’m surprised by him. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. I’m worried when you don’t create chances though,” he said.THAT record-breaking moment… �???#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/cQaPB8epIi- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017Pochettino said Kane’s tally was just reward for the effort he has put into his game.”During my three and a half years with Tottenham, he always surprises me — not only with goals but his contribution, with his attitude, professional ethic, how he works across the pitch, he is a massive example for everyone.last_img

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