Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard offer alternative candidates as they nominate the world's best striker
Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard offered up an alternative answers as they selected the best striker in the world, with Tottenham's Harry Kane and Barcelona's Luis Suarez nominated by the Premier League legends.
The BT Sport pundits were asked to give their verdict after Kane cemented his status as one of the best strikers in the game with a fine performance in Tottenham's hugely impressive 2-2 Champions League draw against Juventus in Turin.
Kane's latest masterclass encouraged Manchester United great Ferdinand to name Kane as the best striker in the modern game, as he served up this eulogy.
"To play against, the way I'm built, the little guys who can jinx and turn quickly are a nightmare to play against, but Harry Kane is the best striker in the world, absolutely," stated Ferdinand.
"He is a great advert for the game. He's been knocked back in his career, sent out on loan, but he went back to the drawing board and here is is in the Champions League scoring goals.
"I think now he doesn’t even need to score to affect games. That’s a great trait to have as a centre forward. That makes him a real difficult proposition to play against.
"He brings people into the game, his all-round game is so well rounded now. He is the all-round No.9."
Gerrard may have been a little biased when he nominated his old Liverpool team-mate Suarez as the best striker of the modern crop, even though he offered up these words of praise for Kane.
"He’s so efficient at the moment, he’s lethal in front of goal and his all-round game to me seems to have improved," said Gerrard of Kane.
"His hold-up play, his vision, awareness. I just think the runners off him are so effective because he secures the ball. As a midfielder, sometimes you don’t make those runs if the ball breaks down.
"But I'd still say Luis Suarez is the best. He has it all."
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