UEFA CL: Harry Kane vs Gonzalo Higuain – Who is better?

Features By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/02/2018

Harry Kane & Gonzalo Higuaín

The ongoing debate on who is the best between Tottenham Hotspurs hitman Harry Kane and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has drawn so many opinions and argument among so many football fans worldwide.

The comparison started when the Bianconerri was drawn with Spurs in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with the first-leg set to take place at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.

North London side confounded many expectations by winning Group H ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund while Juventus had to settle for second place behind Barcelona in Group D.

The Italian giants are aiming to reach a third Champions League final in four years and will hope to go one better after losing to Barca in 2014-15's showpiece and Real Madrid last term.

The 24-year-old England international has never appeared in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, nor have many of his team-mates, as Spurs could not qualify from their group last term.

Kane comes into the meeting in red-hot form, with eight goals in his last seven appearances, while the Argentine is enjoying a similarly prolific sequence, boasting six strikes from his last four matches.

Tottenham star Kane finished 2017 as the continent's most prolific goalscorer, chalking up 56 goals in the calendar year outscoring the likes of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in seven years.

And he has been in scintillating form for Tottenham this season, scoring 32 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions, and many believed that he is Europe's best out-and-out striker after reaching his 100 goals in Premier League goals at the age of 24 and become the 27 players to reach that mark.

Kane has been consisted for the North London side seeing him winning back to back Premier League Golden boot and helping Mauricio Pochettino men to qualify for Champions League ahead of arch-rival Arsenal.

Kane spent a year with Arsenal’s academy at the age of eight before he was let go and Tottenham also rejected him around the same time but he ended up returning to Spurs when he was 11.

Kane's style of play has been compared to that of former Tottenham forward Jurgen Klinsmann, a comparison Kane called flattering in February 2015 and Alan Shearer said that month that the three best strikers playing in the league were Kane, Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.

Kane abstains from alcohol during the football season and starting from 2017 he hired a full-time chef to optimise his nutrition and he does not go to nightclubs, preferring to use his free time to play golf.

But my issue with English man that has not done it in biggest stage in world football as he did not shine in last European Championship in France

Higuain has also scored 18 goals from 33 matches for the Serie A defending champions after struggling with form at the beginning of the season. The Argentine striker has been in a good goal scoring form ever since his days with Real Madrid, having made 264 appearances for the Los Blancos and scored a total number of 121 goals in his seven years spell with the European Champions.

The 30-year-old won three La Liga titles, one Copa Dey Rey and two Spanish Super Cup for Real Madrid before he was sold to Italian side Napoli in the summer of 2013.

Higuain continued his goalscoring exploits for Napoli and in his three seasons with the Italian side he scored 91 goals in 146 appearances and championed Napoli to the Copa Italia title and the Super Coppa Italiana before he signed for the italian Champions Juventus in 2016 for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £78 million.

Higuain has helped Juventus to the Serie A title and Coppa Italia in 2016 and he scored 24 goals in his first season with the Italian Champions and also helped the Serie A Champions to Champions League final against Real Madrid in 2017 season.

In total for Juventus, Higuain has gone on to score 50 goals in 88 games for the Italian giants and for his national side he has scored 31 goals in 68 appearances for the La Albceleste.

A hardworking striker and a prolific goalscorer, Higuaín is considered to be one of the top strikers of his generation,and is known in particular for his great striking ability, as well as his opportunism and clinical finishing inside the penalty area, while his height, eye for goal, and physique make him a dangerous aerial presence in the box.

He also possesses good technical skills, and an ability to link up with teammates, hold up the ball, and lay it off to other players. His intelligent offensive movement off the ball and pace in the final third of the pitch make him an offensive threat during counter-attacks, and also allow him to lose his markers and get on the end of passes, or create space for his teammates with his attacking runs.

His playing style has earned him comparisons with compatriots Hernán Crespo and Gabriel Batistuta and despite his impressive scoring record, Higuaín has often been criticized for failing to deliver in the most important of matches for both club and country

The Champions League clash in Turin will be an intriguing one, and both team's chances of progressing through to the quarter-finals will likely depend heavily on who performs better out of Kane and Higuain.