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Harry Kane among the world's best but remains underrated

Monday 2nd October 2017
It is surprising that doubts and concerns are still being raised over the world-class credentials of Tottenham Hotspur's prolific striker. Harry Kane is among the world's best frontmen.
Over the years, Kane has proven he's got what it takes to be on the same level as Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the England striker has always been underrated and overlooked, mainly due to Tottenham's absence in the final stages of European competitions, in addition to his lack of silverware.

With Tottenham yet to win a major trophy with Kane on the side, the north London club isn't portrayed in the same light as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea or Bayern Munich. The belief is that not playing at any of those bigger clubs diminishes Kane's chances of being named among the elite players.

In recent times, however, Kane has been to Spurs what Messi and Ronaldo are to their Spanish clubs. The English forward has even begun producing in the Champions League this season, grabbing three goals against Cypriot champions, APOEL Nicosia, last week. It was the Spurs striker's sixth hat-trick in 2017 and ninth in total for the club.

Forget his usual August drought - the England international has scored 13 goals in 8 games across all competitions this campaign, including two against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Only Messi and Ronaldo, who have collected the Ballon d'Or for the last nine years between them, can boast of such recent goalscoring achievements to those of Kane. The world's greatest two players eclipse all others, but the precision Kane demonstrates in front of goal means he should be regarded among Europe's very best.

During the 2017 calendar year, Kane has scored 34 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions for Spurs. It is more than any other English top flight player, and a record only bettered by Messi in Europe's top five leagues. Kane has also netted 20 or more goals in each of the last three seasons, which resulted in him scooping the Premier League Golden Boot, twice, during that period.
His long-lasting success poses the question: would Kane have been nominated for the Ballon d'Or if he played at a bigger club?

A lack of Champions League appearances may be a good reason for being snubbed for the award. But with Tottenham‘s recent foray into Europe's elite club competition, Kane's brilliance has since been further showcased, elevating his status to a new level. He has already scored five Champions League goals this season - his side's progression to the knockout stages could see Kane finish as the tournament's top goalscorer.

Although Kane is still unappreciated, that's nothing new as English and Premier League players are rarely ever considered as genuine Ballon d'Or contenders - the last to win the award was Ronaldo with Man United in 2008.
Although the world's most expensive player, Neymar, has been touted as the man to break Messi and Ronaldo's duopoly of winning the Ballon d'Or since 2008, Kane's name also belongs in that category. It wouldn't come as a surprise if, sometime in the near future, the Tottenham striker is awarded the most-coveted individual trophy in football.

Harry Kane is an extraordinary player and it is only a matter of time before he takes over the reins from both Messi and Ronaldo.
Aje Omolayo

I like to think of myself as an easy going lover of all things football, however, I do class myself as a die-hard Arsenal fan but I'm not biased enough to view life at the Emirates through rose-tinted spectacles and can appreciate when we are beaten by the better team on the day.

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