Since bursting onto the Premier League scene in 2014, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has established himself as one of the most prolific finishers in the world. The England and Spurs captain has twice won the PL golden boot and has been the main source of goals for both club and country in recent years.
His rise to the top seemingly came from nowhere and along the way there have been some incredible moments which soccer fans will never forget. With that in mind, Planet Sport has decided to pick out some of Kane’s most iconic moments in the beautiful game.
Quickest player to 20 UCL goals
In 2019, Harry Kane became the quickest player to reach 20 goals in the UEFA Champions League. His two goals against Olympiacos in the 2019/20 group stage saw him hit the 20-goal mark in just his 24th game in the competition. He broke the record with a few games to spare, too, given that the previous mark to hit was 26 games, set by Alessandro Del Piero in 1998.
Kane’s record is made all the more impressive when compared to some of the world’s most clinical goalscorers. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, had to feature 40 and 56 times respectively before netting their 20th goal. It’s not as if Kane’s faced easier opposition, either, having scored against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus on his way to the milestone.
A record-breaking qualifying campaign
England had an excellent qualification campaign for Euro 2020, finishing top of the table with 21 points from eight games. The Three Lions were free-scoring against their Group A opposition, and Kane contributed 12 times to a total goal tally of 37.
He scored in every single game during the qualification process, becoming the first Englishman to do so. He also equalled the record for most goals scored for England in a calendar year, which dates back to George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927. Kane also helped himself to two hat-tricks during the campaign, against Bulgaria and Montenegro respectively.
North London derby form
Arsenal will no doubt be sick of the sight of Kane, given his remarkable record in the north London derby. The forward has found the back of the net 11 times in just 14 meetings against the Gunners.
Arguably his greatest goal in the tie came in a 2-2 draw in 2016. Kane picked up the ball right by the corner flag, took a step towards the left-hand edge of the box before hitting a beautiful curling effort right into the far corner. That sparked huge celebrations, which prompted Kane to tear off his protective mask as he charged towards the White Hart Lane crowd.
Winning the Golden Boot
Harry Kane became only the second Englishman to finish top of the scoring charts at a FIFA World Cup, with Gary Lineker being the other man to do so in 1986. Kane hit six goals at the 2018 tournament in Russia, where England reached the semi-finals.
Kane, who wore the captain’s armband, opened his account just 11 minutes into the group stages as England faced Tunisia and, after being pegged back by the country ranked significantly lower than them, the Three Lions rescued a victory through Kane’s 91st-minute winner. His next three came in a 6-0 demolition of Panama - two were from the penalty spot and the other, a fortunate deflection. His sixth and final goal also came from 12 yards in the round of 16 victory over Colombia.
200 goal milestone
Kane scored his 200th goal in a Spurs shirt in November 2020 in just his 300th game for the club. He is one of just three men to have hit the 200 goal milestone with Tottenham, alongside Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith. Kane is within touching distance of Smith, who finished with a tally of 208, but he still has some way to go if he wants to catch Greaves on 266. For the time being, Greaves has a superior goals-per-game ratio, but with Kane having time on his side, there’s every chance he can make his way to the top.
The 200th goal in Kane’s whole career, loans away from Spurs included, came in July 2020 after 350 appearances, and that record looks even better when you stand him next to some of the modern-day big-hitters. It took Cristiano Ronaldo 379 games to reach the same tally in club football, while Sergio Aguero needed 396 appearances. Kane got to the record almost 100 games quicker than Wayne Rooney did, too.
100 Premier League goals
The 100 club is made up of an elite group of players who have scored a century of goals in the Premier League and Kane secured his membership in April 2020. The goal came in quite extraordinary circumstances, too, in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Kane had already had the chance to convert from the penalty spot earlier in the game, but was denied by Loris Karius. Liverpool went down the other end and went ahead in stoppage time, but the England forward got a second chance from 12 yards, drawing his side level in the 95th minute.
Celebrating in Ajax
In May 2019, Spurs pulled off one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in recent history as they turned around a two-goal deficit to beat Ajax in the semi-final. Kane missed the crucial tie due to ankle ligament damage, but when Lucas Moura scored the winning goal in the 95th minute, Kane seemed to forget all about his injury. Seeing the ball hit the back of the net clearly numbed his pain as he managed to sprint from the sidelines to celebrate with his teammates. It may not have been the smartest idea, but it was great to see his passion.
By Tom Rawcliffe - Follow him on Twitter