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    Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Harry Kane is in same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo’


    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that Harry Kane is now considered in the same bracket as five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Both forwards have kick-started their 2018 World Cup campaigns on fire with Ronaldo having netted four goals in two and Kane firing England to three points in their opener with a brace.

    Speaking after Kane’s heroics versus Tunisia, the Argentine manager admitted that his club’s striker is now being considered as one of the best players on the planet.

    “In the same breath as Cristiano”

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    During the 2017/2018 season, the 24-year-old managed to outscore Ronaldo in the race for the European Golden Boot finishing on 30 goals – four ahead of the Portuguese international.

    Pochettino now believes that Kane’s goalscoring achievements have placed him on par with the best players in the world.

    Pochettino told The Sun:

    “To be talked about in the same breath as Cristiano is something special.

    “But that is how people are talking about Harry now. For me, he is already the best striker in the world.

    “He is not just a finisher. He can drop off, he can influence, he can read games, he can adapt to different tactics and formations.

    “That is the complete player, that is somebody who can change and evolve as the game is being played.”

    Harry Kane and England are back in action on Sunday against Panama with the Three Lions look to book their place in the Last 16 of the competition.

    Pochettino has revealed that he will be supporting England, having celebrated Kane’s winner on Monday like a fan.

    Pochettino added:

    “I watched in my hotel room and when he scored in the last minute I was running around like an England fan.

    “I probably celebrated more than Tottenham goals as I have to be different as manager.”

     

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