Tottenham's Harry Kane "proud" to end Messi-Ronaldo duopoly after record-breaking display Harry Kane said he was delighted to be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur's 5-2 win over Southampton which sent three prestigious records tumbling. And it's two more than Teddy Sheringham, who Kane (96) is now one behind in terms of most Premier League goals for Spurs.
"For me, he's world class", Pochettino said. I'm so happy to congratulate him and all of the team, well done. Well done. It's not surprising to us because every day we see how he works, the determination, how professional he is and how he takes care of himself.
Though the contest had been over for quite some time the scoring was yet to relinquish as Southampton had the final say, it was once again poor from Lloris as he made a hash of the corner by palming into Tadić who did well to lob it over Kane looking to block on the line but it would little to ruin a special afternoon for England's golden boy.
"Professional is a massive word, and you need to include everything there inside - he's a very good example of how a player behaves like a professional". "You can not afford not to work every day".
Kane has 39 Premier League goals in 2017, three more than Shearer's previous Premier League record of 36, set in 1995.
Spurs icon Gary Lineker and Newcastle United legend Shearer were quick to praise compatriot Kane for his goalscoring antics in 2017, with the latter former striker holding no resentment for having his record broken. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling.
Tottenham have now won five out of their last six matches while Southampton are winless in seven and there were some sarcastic chants from the visiting fans here that will not have been lost on under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
"And to score these goals at 24". "Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for so long and they're two of the greatest players ever so it's an honour to even be compared to them".
"[I will be] working harder, doing more, doing more in training. All I can do is use that as confidence going into the New Year". They offer more pace and penetration than Trippier and Ben Davies and if Mauricio Pochettino can get them both fully fit and firing, Spurs will begin to resemble the team that was so hard to stop past year.