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Thirteen is a lucky number for Champions League hotshot Harry Kane

Thirteen is a lucky number for Champions League hotshot Harry Kane
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The Tottenham striker has an excellent goal-scoring record in the European competition.

Harry Kane's goal-scoring record in the Champions League has seen him put Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's early form in the competition to shame.

Kane's love of the big stage continued on Tuesday as his two goals for Tottenham rescued their Champions League campaign.

The Spurs striker's double earned a vital 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in Group B, which kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Harry Kane has enjoyed a flying start to his Champions League career
Harry Kane has enjoyed a flying start to his Champions League career (PA Graphics)

It also deepened his love of playing in the Champions League as he took his tally to 13 goals from 14 appearances.

That is an impressive start to his career in the elite European club competition – far better than the leading scorers in its history.

While Ronaldo plundered the goals for Real Madrid later in his career and remains the leading scorer in Champions League history, he actually got off to a slow start in the competition.

The Portuguese did not score until his 14th appearance and needed 49 to get to the 13-goal mark in his early Manchester United days.

He has gone on to score 103 goals in his next 106 appearances, which shows just what a phenomenon he has been in his later United and Madrid days.

Kane's prolific start is also faster than Messi's, who took 26 games to score 13 goals for Barcelona.

Former PSV and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, fifth on the all-time list of goalscorers, is the closest to matching Kane's tally, taking 18 games, while fourth-highest scorer Karim Benzema netted his 13th Champions League goal in his 22nd match.

Thierry Henry took 29 games to get there playing for Monaco and Arsenal, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed the same amount of appearances as Ronaldo.

Of some other current players, Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski's 13th Champions League goal came in his 21st outing while Sergio Aguero needed 29 matches to get reach that tally.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
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10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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