Tottenham striker Harry Kane had a 2017 to remember with eight hat-tricks and more goals than Lionel Messi.
Posing by his Xmas Tree on New Year’s Eve, Harry shows off his eight hat trick balls, trophies of a record-setting year.
The England international overtook Alan Shearer’s 22-year record for Premier League goals in a calendar year, while also usurping Messi as Europe’s top scorer for club and country in 2017.
And the season’s only half over.
Here are the striker’s stats, courtesy of
39 – Kane scored 39 Premier League goals in 36 games in 2017, beating the previous record held by Shearer, who netted 36 in 42 appearances for Blackburn Rovers in 1995.
6 – He is the first player in Premier League history to score six hat-tricks in a single calendar year.
2 – Kane is also the first player in Premier League history to score consecutive hat-tricks on two separate occasions (also May 2017).
8 – He now has eight Premier League hat-tricks, as many as Thierry Henry and Michael Owen – only Shearer (11) and Robbie Fowler (nine) have more in the competition.
56 – Kane scored 56 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham and England in 2017 (49 for Tottenham, seven for England), two more than Messi (54 in 64).
3 – Only three of Kane’s 49 Spurs goals in 2017 came from the penalty spot.
5 – Stoke City and Leicester City were Kane’s favoured opponents this year, with five goals against each club.
10 – Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were the most frequent providers for Kane with 10 assists apiece. Kieran Trippier (8) is next on the list.
30+ – Harry Kane is just the second player in a decade to score 30 or more Premier League goals in a calendar year. Robin van Persie hit 35 for Arsenal in 2011.