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Harry Kane Joins Elite Company With 200th Premier League Goal
With his strike, Tottenham’s English captain joins an exclusive club that includes Wayne Rooney and record-holder Alan Shearer.
There are footballers in the English Premier League, and then there is Harry Kane. A virtual shoe-in for an eventual knighthood, the HurriKane earned his “magical” 200th Premier Goal in glorious fashion when he banged home the match winner to lift the Spurs to a 1-0 home victory over Manchester City Sunday. The history-making moment occurred in the 15th minute when the Citizens made a costly mistake in their own territory. Pierre Emile Hojbjerg won the ball near the top of the box and set up Kane to smash a one-timer past Ederson far post for the win – typical Kane to break records in such epic style.
“It’s a magical moment,” Kane stated. “I was so desperate to do it with a win as well. I wanted to win so bad. To do it in front of the home fans, it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
“There’s been so much talk about it over the last couple of weeks, and I just wanted to get it done as soon as possible,” continued the English forward. “To do it in a big game against one of the best teams in the world, it’s just a special feeling.”
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The monumental feat also marked the veteran striker’s 267th club goal, surpassing Jimmy Greaves’ 266 goals (1961-1970) to become Tottenham Hotspurs’ all-time leading scorer.
"Jimmy was one of the best strikers to ever play football, so to be mentioned alongside him is incredible, and to beat him is a dream come true," he added.
While his 17 goals on the season are not enough to compete with Erling Haaland’s 25 in the race for the Golden Boot, they did help him surpass Andy Cole (187) and Sergio Aguero (184) on the list of the all-time top Premier League scorers.
“He has football in his DNA and understands it at every moment, he can play in any position,” gushed Tottenham assistant coach Cristian Stellini, according to Marca. “He is a great example, a GOAT of the Premier League and of this sport."
At just 29 years old, Kane will presumably break another record: England’s all-time leading scorer. Currently, he is tied for the lead with Wayne Rooney at 53 goals for the national team. He’ll also have the opportunity to best Rooney’s 208 Premier League goals on his quest to catch Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 260 goals.
"If he stays fit and stays in England, he will beat me, it's just a question of when he will," said Alan Shearer, according to Marca. "He's only the third player to score 200 goals and join a small club that Wayne, and I are in.
“He's doing what great strikers do, and there aren't many better than him,” Shearer continued. “I'm a big fan of his. He's fantastic."
Though Kane attributes a lot of his success to his dauntless mental toughness and iron-clad competitor’s driver, he squeezed every drop out of the moment while savoring his tremendous accomplishment.
"When I started playing regularly, eight or nine years ago now, it wasn’t even in my imagination to score 200 Premier League goals,” said Kane graciously. “To be there now is just exciting, and I’ve got plenty of years left so hopefully there are a few more to come."
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