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Teddy Sheringham explains why Harry Kane is a better centre-forward than Cristiano Ronaldo

By Ben Green

Published: 18:05, 14 December 2021

Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham has explained why he thinks Harry Kane is a better centre-forward than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The legendary Portuguese returned to Old Trafford in the summer and has been a beacon of goalscoring consistency in a rather inconsistent side, with the club parting from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month and replacing him with Ralf Rangnick.

Ronaldo, for his part, has notched 13 goals across 18 appearances since his Man Utd reunion, including six in five games during the Champions League, with the club recently discovering their fate in the knockouts, facing a daunting last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Kane, by contrast, has endured a torrid start to the season, though Spurs themselves experienced a change in the dugout, with Antonio Conte succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo. The England international has found the back of the net just once in the Premier League in 2021/22.

The current Golden Boot holder actually has eight goals for the season, but six of those have come in the inaugural Europa Conference League, scoring four times against Mura, twice in the play-offs to Pacos Ferreira and one more goal in the League Cup against Wolves.

Despite Ronaldo’s formidable scoring record across his career, Sheringham says he would snub football’s most capped international in favour of Kane, simply because of the latter’s work rate, believing he would be a better strike partner.

When posed the question ‘Kane or Ronaldo?’ Sheringham told Football.London: “Tough one but Harry Kane.

“I just think he does things for the team. He works for the team.

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“I know he scores his goals and he’s very selfish at times but you have to be like that as a centre forward but you know what you’re going to get from him, week in, week out.

“He leads the line for the team as well. He’s unselfish but selfish at the right times and that’s why he scores so many goals.

“Ronaldo has been one of the best two players but playing alongside him, it’s a funny one… he scores goals out of nowhere because of how good he is but doesn’t really play off other people.

“Might be a little bit harsh but I prefer the knowing what you’re going to get from a player when you’re asking who I would like to play alongside.”