Former England manager Sam Allardyce claims Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most likely England player to win the coveted Ballon d’Or in the immediate future.
Harry Kane may still be searching for his first piece of silverware, but he has his fair share of personal accolades already. The 29-year-old has three Premier League Golden Boot awards to his name, as well as the World Cup Golden Boot in 2018.
He has also been named Player of the Year for both Spurs and England four times (Transfermarkt). Kane will also, more than likely, soon be the all-time top goalscorer for both club and country.
When it comes to the top prize for an individual in men’s football though, Kane only managed to reach 21st place in this year’s Ballon d’Or award. That’s lower than some would have placed the England captain, given the incredible year he has had in 2022.
But, according to Sam Allardyce on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, Kane could well win the award in the near future.
When asked about which English players could scoop the award, Allardyce said: “Harry Kane would be the number one choice. He’s the one who’s likely to score the goals.
“If England go a long way in the World Cup, and he’s up there with the leading scorers, he’s got to be your number one contender.
On Kane’s career at Tottenham, Allardyce did admit that could harm his chances: “Yeah, invariably I think. It’s well documented that that’s why he wanted to get away I think. It was nothing to do with the Ballon d’Or, Kane wanted to go away and win some medals.”
“It looks like he’s come to terms with that now, and he’s going to stay a bit like Alan Shearer, although Alan did win the Premier League with Blackburn. He was happy enough being a Newcastle lad to stay with them, and be a legend.”
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Honestly, unless England win the World Cup and Spurs win some silverware soon, I can’t see Kane getting the Ballon d’Or. That said, the relevance and legitimacy of that award has definitely diminished in recent years and it appears to be more of a popularity contest than a judgement of true talent now.
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