Harry Kane v Lionel Messi: head-to-head

Two modern goal machines come face to face for the first time on matchday two; who will be upstaged?

Harry Kane and Lionel Messi will command attention when Barcelona visit Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. How do they measure up?

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• Kane is 1.88m tall – Messi stands just 1.70m – and the England striker has youth on his side too; he will be 25 years and 67 days old on the day of Spurs' Wembley meeting with Barcelona, while Messi will be 31 years and 101 days old.

• Having scored at least once in six of his 11 games in Europe's top club competition, Kane needs one more UEFA Champions League goal to get into double figures; it took Messi 23 games to achieve that target (though he now has a record 63 in the group stage).

Five great Harry Kane goals
Five great Harry Kane goals

• Kane was a relatively experienced player (with four loan spells under his belt) by the time he made his competition debut, aged 23 years and 48 days, in a 2-1 home loss to Monaco on 14 September 2016. Messi made his #UCL debut at Shakhtar Donetsk on 7 December 2004 aged 17 years and 166 days old.

• Messi has never faced Spurs before, but has fared well enough against English defences; 20 goals in 28 UEFA games spread across 2,334 minutes of football – an average of a goal every 116 minutes 42 seconds. That's lower than his European average of a goal every 101 minutes and nine seconds.

Messi's 2011 Wembley masterclass
Messi's 2011 Wembley masterclass

• Though Messi has never played Spurs, he has seen plenty of their north London rivals Arsenal: the Blaugrana man has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team in UEFA competition – nine over six games.

• Kane, by contrast, has yet to score in 169 minutes of football against Spanish sides – two meetings with Real Madrid in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.

• Messi will play only his second competitive game at Wembley, having scored there in Barcelona's superb 3-1 final defeat of Manchester United in 2011.

• Kane is far more familiar with Wembley, scoring 22 goals in 30 appearances there for Spurs (both as their temporary home and as a 'neutral' cup venue) plus four in ten games for England at the national stadium. His total of 26 is the most by anyone at the new Wembley and only one off Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 27 for club and country at the predecessor venue.

When Kane and Messi have scored their 2018 goals for club and country

Time Harry Kane (pens)
Lionel Messi (pens)
1-10 1 1
11-20 2 8 (1)
21-30 2 (1) 5
31-40 3 (1) 5
41-half-time 2 (2) 1
FIRST HALF 10 (4)
20 (1)
46-55 6 1
56-65 6 (1) 6
66-75 0 1
76-85 3 4
86-full-time 4 (1) 5
SECOND HALF 19 (2)
17
TOTAL 29 (6)
37 (1)

 
2017/18 UEFA Champions League tally

Name Games Goals scored (pens)
Minutes played Minutes
per goal
Harry Kane 7 7 597 85mins17secs
Lionel Messi 10 6 783 130mins30secs

2018/19 domestic tally

Name League games
League goals (pens)
Minutes played Minutes per goal
Harry Kane 7 5 (2) 628 125mins36secs
Lionel Messi 7 5 575 115mins

All-time UEFA Champions League record (group stage to final)

Name Appearances Goals scored Goals per game
Best #UCL tally
Harry Kane 11 9 0.82 7 (2017/18)
Lionel Messi 126 103 0.82 14 (2011/12)

All-time UEFA club competition record*

Name Appearances Goals scored Goals per game
Harry Kane 42 19 0.45
Lionel Messi 130 106 0.82

*UEFA club competition: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, European/South American Cup

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