Harry Kane's curriculum vitæ speaks for itself: he's the top scorer in this edition of the Champions League with five goals, one more than Cristiano, and the last two Premier League Golden Boot awards sit on his mantelpiece at home. In 2015-16, he contributed 25 goals to the cause for Spurs and last season he improved on that figure, ending on 29. So far this season, he is on six league goals, just behind Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku on seven.
Kane attends the Beckham Academy in 2005
But Kane means much more to Tottenham fans than just his goal scoring figures - he's also a reference for the team. They've forgiven him for the very brief spell he spent playing for local rivals Arsenal as an eight-year-old in the Gunners academy. His parents Pat and Kim are fervent Spurs fans and once they introduced the young Harry to the old White Hart Lane stadium, that was it - he was hooked for life. It was at White Hart Lane where his football idols, Teddy Sheringham and David Beckham played. In 2005, when Beckham opened his football academy in Greenwich, a 12-year-old Harry Kane was one of his pupils.
Early days in Chingford
Kane and Beckhams lives have a lot in common - they grew up close to each other in north east London and both attended Chingford Foundation School. Today, shirts signed by both players adorn the walls at the school. They also turned out for the same youth team - Ridgeway Rovers. Their lives crossed in the summer of 2005. Beckham opened his football academy in Greenwich, London and Kane was one of the youngsters in the inaugural programme. The image above shows Beckham, Kane and another pupil Katie Goodland, who is now Kane's girlfriend...
It was their first meeting but not the last. “I got to know David better when he came to train with Tottenham for a few months in 2011. He's humble, a great guy and a role model for me”, said Kane, who made his full international debut for England aged 21. “Harry is an amazing striker and he's got a good head on his shoulders”, Beckham would say about his former pupil...
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