On Monday night, Harry Kane leapfrogged Thierry Henry in the Premier League’s all-time scoring records as a brace against Everton made him the sixth-most prolific Premier League striker ever.
Kane now has 176 Premier League goals under his belt, whereas Henry hit 175 goals throughout his illustrious Arsenal career.
Apart from goals, how do these two phenomenal strikers compare to each other?
We attempted to construct a more detailed comparison between Kane and Henry with an in-depth analysis of their playing attributes.
At first, let’s consider how many matches it took for both of these players to reach the 175-goal landmark in the Premier League.
Kane made his 270th appearance in the division when he achieved the feat.
Henry scored a stoppage-time winner in the last match of his loan move back to Arsenal from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls.
It took his PL appearance tally to 258.
So, Henry is the fastest to score 175 goals in the Premier League between the two.
Kane started fewer times
It needs to be considered that only 5 of Henry’s 258 Premier League matches came as substitute appearances, while Kane came off the bench 18 times in his career.
In light of this information, one can conclude that Kane actually has a better scoring rate than Henry.
However, this argument doesn’t hold when you look at their minutes-to goal ratio.
Henry has clocked 21,313 minutes in the league as opposed to Kane’s total Premier League game time of 22,408 minutes.
That means Henry has scored a Premier League goal every 121.8 minutes while Kane takes 127.3 minutes to score one.
The 30-goal milestone
30-goals is the ceiling both players hit in a single Premier League season.
Henry’s 30-goal haul brought him the Premier League Golden Boot 03/04 and guided the Gunners to a historic unbeaten league victory.
Kane was unlucky not to win the Golden Boot in his best-scoring season as an outstanding Mohamed Salah beat him to the race.
Despite Kane’s incredible form, Tottenham could not mount a title challenge in 2017/18 and settled for a third-place finish.
Golden boots comparison
Thierry Henry still holds the record of winning the highest number of Premier League Golden Boots.
After winning the Golden Boot for the first time in the 2001/02 season, he took the award home three seasons in a row between 2003 and 2006.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is the only other player who has won the Premier League Golden Boot three consecutive times.
Harry Kane came close to matching the record after bagging back-to-back PL Golden Boots in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
He was in the running for a third Golden Boot in 2017/18, but he fell short to Mohamed Salah in the end.
Number of assists
Thierry Henry was an elite provider for his teammates apart from being a goal-machine.
He bagged 20 assists in the 2002/03 season, an achievement that stands to this day as the highest number of assists made by a Premier League player.
Henry signed off from the Premier Leagues with 74 assists.
Unlike Henry, Harry Kane has mostly played as a traditional center-forward in his career.
So, his assists numbers are significantly lower than Henry’s.
However, he did become a more all-round forward in recent years and made a career-high 14 assists in the league last season.
However, his playmaking abilities are yet to reach Henry’s level.
In his prime, Henry had more pace and better dribbling skills than his Tottenham counterpart.
He specialized in racing past the backline and dancing his way into a congested defence.
On the other hand, Kane has the upper hand in terms of position sense and physical strength.
We only focused on personal accolades while comparing these two players.
Since it’s a player-to-player comparison, it seems unfair to bring collective achievements to the debate.
Undoubtedly, Harry Kane and Thierry Henry are two of the finest forwards the Premier League has ever seen.
It’s hard to distinguish between the two because they have different playing styles, and most importantly, they belong to two different eras of football.
That said, we would say Henry was a more complete player than Kane.
Kane is only 28
We also believe Kane also has a lot of time to prove us wrong since he is only 28 years old.
Perhaps, he will finish his career on a higher note.
But, for the time being, Thierry Henry is a better forward than Harry Kane, in our opinion.
WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name
During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.
Watch the video here
Al-Shabab fans chanting: “Messi, Messi”
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Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.
“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.
Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United
A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.
Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final
Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.
The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.
Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.
Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments
Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.
The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.
Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’
Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.
The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.
In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.
Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli
The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.
Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.
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