Speaking in his column in the Daily Mail, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has a chance of one day emulating the goal-scoring achievements of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The columnist was asked which English players he believed could be capable of one day match the goal-scoring talent of Ronaldo, who has scored 526 career goals, with 403 of those coming in just 392 appearances for Real Madrid.
"If Harry Kane stays pivotal to Tottenham’s success, clear of injury for at least the next 10 seasons and keeps scoring at his current rate then he has a chance of emulating Ronaldo" Keown said, and added that "it is phenomenally difficult to be that consistent over such a long period of time. A lot of things have to go right."
Harry Kane has been in phenomenal form for Tottenham Hotspur yet again this season, scoring 22 league goals. Since breaking through onto the scene, the England forward has scored an impressive 92 goals in 163 appearances for Spurs.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
Where Harry Kane does hold an advantage over the former Real Madrid forward is his fortune in being played up front very earlier in his career. As Martin Keown points out in his column, Cristiano Ronaldo spent a lot of his early career as a winger, and for a long time wasn't the focus of Manchester United's goal-scoring threat.
However, since his move to Spain, the Portuguese forward has become the undoubted talisman for the Galacticos, becoming arguably one of the greatest players in the club's history. With Harry Kane nearing the 100 goals mark already for Tottenham Hotspur alone at the age of just 23, there's no reason not to believe that the England forward can one day become one of the most prolific goalscorers in European football.
Tottenham's Harry Kane