Quickest player to 20 UCL goal
Harry Kane became the fastest player in Champions League history to achieve 20 goals in 2019.
In only his 24th game in the tournament, he scored two goals against Olympiacos in the 2019/20 group stage, giving him a total of 20 goals.
He also beat the record with a few games to spare, since the previous mark was established by Alessandro Del Piero in 1998.
When compared to some of the world’s most clinical goal scorers, Kane’s record is even more amazing.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, had to appear 40 and 56 times before scoring their 20th goal, respectively. Kane hasn’t had it easy, either, having scored against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Juventus on his path to the landmark.
A qualifying campaign that set new records
England had such an outstanding Euro 2020 qualification campaign, finishing first in the table with 21 points from eight games.
The Three Lions were unstoppable against their Group A opponents, with Kane contributing 12 goals to a total of 37.
He was the first Englishman to score in every game during the qualification round. He also tied the record for most England goals in a calendar year, which was set by George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.
Kane also had two hat-tricks throughout the season, against Bulgaria and Montenegro, respectively.
North London derby form
Given Kane’s incredible record in the north London derby, Arsenal will no doubt be sick of seeing him. In just 15 games versus Arsenal, the striker has scored 11 goals.
His most notable goal in the series occurred in a 2-2 tie in 2016. Kane received the ball near the corner flag, took a step towards the outside of the box, and curled a magnificent attempt into the far corner.
This spurred wild celebrations, prompting Kane to pull off his safety mask and dash toward the White Hart Lane fans.
Winning the golden boot
Harry Kane was only the second Englishman to finish first in the scoring rankings at a FIFA World Cup, following Gary Lineker in 1986. Kane scored six goals as England advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Kane, who donned the captain’s armband, scored only 11 minutes into the group stages when England met Tunisia, and despite being held back by a side rated far lower than them, the Three Lions salvaged a victory through Kane’s 91st-minute winner.
His next three goals came in a 6-0 thrashing of Panama, two from the penalty spot and one from a lucky deflection. During the round-of-16 win over Colombia, his sixth and final goal came from 12 yards as well.
200 goal milestone
Kane scored his 200th goal in a Spurs jersey in only his 300th game for the club in November 2020. Along with Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith, he is one of just three Tottenham players to have scored 200 goals.
Kane has eclipsed Smith, who ended with a total of 208, but he still has a long way to go to catch Greaves on 266. Greaves now has a higher goals-per-game ratio, but with time on his side, Kane has a good chance of climbing the ranks.
After 350 appearances, Kane scored his 200th goal in his entire career – including loan periods – in July 2020, and that record seems even more spectacular when compared to some of the modern-day big-hitters.
In club soccer, Cristiano Ronaldo required 379 games to accomplish the same number, while Sergio Aguero needed 396. Kane broke the record approximately 100 games faster than Wayne Rooney.
100 premier league goals
The ‘100 club’ is an exclusive group of Premier League players who have scored a century of goals, and Kane achieved his membership in April 2020.
The goal occurred under unusual circumstances as well, in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Kane had previously had an opportunity to convert from the penalty spot earlier in the game, but Loris Karius denied him.
Liverpool moved down the other end and took the lead in stoppage time, but England forward equalized in the 95th minute with a second opportunity from 12 yards.
Euro 2020 final
After coming so close in 2018, England has another chance in a major event at the European Championships in 2021.
Gareth Southgate’s team kicked off the tournament with a grudge match against 2018 heartbreakers Croatia, and a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium was enough to send the nation into raptures.
England advanced from their group after a goalless draw with Scotland and a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. The Three Lions’ major fear was that their star, Kane, had yet to score.
Kane, on the other hand, regained his shooting boots in the round-of-16 match against Germany and then added to his total with a brace against Ukraine.
After tripping up in the semi-finals three years earlier, Harry Kane’s extra-time penalty was enough for England to escape a repeat heartbreak against Denmark, and he now has four tournament goals.
Even the Wembley crowd couldn’t lift England to European success, and despite Kane scoring first in the penalty shootout, the Three Lions were defeated by Italy in a dramatic manner.