Gianluigi Buffon Has Been Singing Harry Kane's Praises
Gianluigi Buffon has spent his entire career coming face-to-face with many of the greatest centre forwards of all time and, in February, he will come up against the man who many are now considering to be the best striker in world football; Harry Kane.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker recently broke Alan Shearer's longstanding record of Premier League goals scored in a calendar year and has also outscored Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in 2017.
Kane's form over the last three-and-a-half seasons has, unsurprisingly, seen him linked with a number of high profile moves, with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all reportedly interested in the free scoring 24-year-old.
But how does the England international measure up to some of Buffon's most legendary opponents?
Who will emerge victorious when one of world football's greatest ever goalkeepers comes up against one of the finest strikers of the current generation? Images: PA
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Buffon, who is set to retire at the end of the season, unless Juve lift the Champions League, had his say on Kane, who he believes is now one of Europe's best strikers and has listed the Spurs striker alongside some incredibly prestigious company.
Speaking during a recent interview, Buffon said, "Harry is now one of the best strikers in Europe - there is no question about that.
"As a player, you can always work on parts of your game and try to improve - but there are some things you can't teach.
"That natural goalscoring instinct is for me a talent that you are born with. I have seen over the years with Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Inzaghi, Batistuta, they have that natural instinct that can really make goalkeepers suffer - and it's clear Kane also has that.
"Always in my career I have wanted to test myself against the best - and now Harry Kane is one of the best. I have always had the attitude that I don't fear the best - I respect them - and I always want to play against them.
"That is one of the greatest challenges of playing at the highest level, to test yourself against the best players - that is always something I have enjoyed."
But who will come out on top when the pair meet over two legs in February? Will Kane add another victim to his collection of vanquished goalkeepers or will Buffon take a step closer to finally lifting the one trophy that has eluded him throughout his entire career?
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