Harry Kane breaks Lionel Messi's record.

Harry Kane breaks Lionel Messi's record.

Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer's Premier League record for goals in a calendar year as he put Tottenham in front in their 5-2 win against Southampton on Tuesday.

Kane went on to score a hat trick, with the second of those three goals seeing him move ahead of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for the most goals for club and country by any player in Europe's major leagues in 2017.

Kane has 39 league goals and 56 goals for Spurs and England in 2017, while Messi hit 54 for Barcelona and Argentina. Kane's tally breaks a seven-year run of either Messi or Ronaldo finishing as the top scorer for club and country while playing in Europe's top five leagues.

"I'm very proud," Kane said of finishing above his La Liga rivals. "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'll keep working harder, it's about finding little percents to get better and doing things on the training ground to make you better. There's a great staff here and a great manager here who will keep pushing me, don't you worry about that! I'll have to take [my teammates] out for dinner to thank them!"

Alan shearer had also congratulated the English striker on twitter.

"This year I would say physically I have improved, recovery from games, getting ready, we have such a busy schedule. Just making sure I'm ready for each game, eating right, recovering right with ice baths. I feel really good. I feel sharp and at my best.

"Just getting more experience should make me a better player anyway."

 

 

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