The debate begins as both strikers put in match-winning performances on Matchday 1 of the Champions League.
The Tottenham and English striker was in top form against a dominant Dortmund side as he scored two goals to win their opening game in the Champions League, last Wednesday. Kane was decisive for the English outfit as he created the opener after four minutes and scored in both halves. He showed glimpses of what he is made of to help the North London club end their Wembley woes.
His performances came on the back of a disappointing run in August as the striker failed to net a single goal for Spurs despite attempting 24 shots. The England striker keeps getting better and better and is beginning to belong to the company of elite strikers. The Tottenham ace seems to have found his goalscoring boots with Craig Bellamy likening him to Real Madrid Legend, Raul Gonzalez.
Speaking on The Debate, on Sky Sports, the former Manchester City and Liverpool winger was bowled by yet another great performance by Harry.
“When Kane first broke onto the scene he reminded me of Raul,” the former Welsh forward said.
“He’s not lightning quick, he’s very clever in his movement. He understands where he needs to be and he can create half a yard from anything.
“Raul is incredible and will always remain incredible but Kane has got similar traits to where he was… he’s that type of forward.
“If Kane can stay on this path, he’s the only current player who can threaten Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.”
To emphasize Kane’s return to form, the 24-year-old has been involved in five out of Spurs’ six goals in the last two games; four goals and one assist. His brace against Borussia Dortmund took his statistics to four goals from only 10 shots, by way of comparison. He is now rubbing shoulders with the GOAT.
Harry Kane’s goalscoring record is up there with the very best ? pic.twitter.com/MAIbFXDYbG
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 14, 2017
In addition, Wednesday’s win over Die Borussen was the third successive Champions League match in which he’s scored making him the first Englishman since Wayne Rooney.
Mauricio Pochettino praised the striker after his fine performances. As reported by The Mirror:
“He was fantastic. To score goals in the Champions League means he will get the credit he deserves. He is one of the best strikers in the world.
“The Champions League is one of the most important competitions in the world. It will give him the credit he deserves.
“It’s more than three points. It’s Wembley. It’s the perception that will be changed for our future. It’s so important for our fans and of course for us.”
Harry Kane has started off his UCL Topscorer hunt well but the English press shouldn’t be too excited…
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) September 15, 2017
Meanwhile, Phil Neville has urged Harry to leave Tottenham to be a World Class player.
“He could have to leave Spurs to become that real top, top, world class Lewandowski type of player, he could,” the former Everton player said on BBC Five Live.
“Because if Spurs maintain just being a top four team, that will not be good enough for somebody like Harry Kane.
“I think he needs to be challenging for Ballon D’ors. I think he needs to be challenging for Champions League and if Spurs are always going to be that ‘nearly’ team eventually he will want to leave and join a Real Madrid or Barcelona.”
“He’s getting better and better every game,” Neville said.
“He’s got the killer instinct of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, but he runs around and bullies defenders like Diego Costa. He is the most complete centre forward I’ve seen for a long time.”
Harry Kane's game by numbers vs. Dortmund:
100% aerial duels won
4 chances created
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 13, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo was also on the winning side as Los Blancos thrashed Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia at the Santiago Bernabeu. The iconic number 7 recorded a brace for his club to continue his impressive display despite serving a five-match ban domestically. His brace moves him to 29 goals in 2017 for club in all competitions — just like Harry Kane.
It didn’t take long for the Portuguese striker to shake off some rust as he fired the capital club to an early lead with a tidy finish in the six-yard box. He positioned himself well to an incisive pass from Gareth Bale from the left flank.
In the second period of the match, a Roberto Lago handball gifted the host team a penalty. Up stepped the Portuguese striker and he calmly converted to give the defending champions a two-goal lead.
Dani Ceballos hailed the 32-year-old as the ‘soul’ of Real Madrid, following CR7’s evergreen performance in that 3-0 win on Matchday 1.
“With Cristiano on the field, we’re always more comfortable and he gives us the confidence that turns in to goals,” he said on Goal.com
“He’s the soul of the team. He’s fundamental for us and he’s in better shape than ever. He’s had a great game and his ambition makes him the best in the world.”
Champions League goals:
⚽Atlético Madrid: 100
⚽Cristiano Ronaldo: 107 pic.twitter.com/mvrWpwMCL7
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) September 14, 2017
Zinedine Zidane reiterated the importance of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner as the Portuguese alleviated Real Madrid’s goalscoring concerns with a trademark performance.
“He [Ronaldo] is the best in the world,” Zidane told beIN SPORTS after the match.
“He is always there when we need him and he always scores. If he was luckier today he could have scored four.
“He is a key player for us [and] I hope he continues in the same vein.”
The English media are already comparing both players with their goalscoring stats setting a perfect stage for the clash. Tottenham Hotspur aim to redefine their European credentials after unsuccessful spells in the elite competition. The English outfit face the reigning UEFA Champions League winners on Matchday 3 at the Santiago Bernabeu.