Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his delight as Harry Kane finished the season as Europe’s top goalscorer.
A hat-trick against Southampton in a 5-2 win at Wembley saw the striker take his tally to 56 goals for the calendar year, becoming the first player since Edin Dzeko in 2009 to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the accolade.
And having praised his strike ace so often, the Argentine was happy to do so once again.
He told BT Sport: “I think I’ve said everything [about Kane]. The last nine or 10 years it’s been Cristiano Ronaldo [the best in the world] and today it’s Harry Kane. I’m so happy to congratulate him and all of the team, well done.
“It doesn’t surprise us because every day we see how he works, his determination, how professional he is, and that can only be good for him. He’s a very talented player.
“He’s a great professional and a good example for everybody, not just his goals.”
Meanwhile, reflecting on the calendar year, Pochettino added: “We are so ambitious but I am so happy. We have finished this year in a very good way and I hope next year we can win more.”