Tottenham sitting on transfer windfall as Harry Kane, Dele Alli in top three players with highest potential transfer profit

David Cooper 20/03/2018
Kane and Alli could fetch a combined £316million profit for Tottenham.

Tottenham are sitting on a potential profit of £316 million for Harry Kane and Dele Alli, according to a new study.

The CIES football Observatory has calculated that England striker Kane, brought through the ranks at Spurs, would be worth more in profit to the north Londoners than Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The number crunchers have worked out the 50 players in the ‘big-five’ leagues – England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany – with the most positive gap between their current transfer value and the fee paid for them by their clubs.

Homegrown Kane, 24, is worth an estimated £173m (€198.2m) to Spurs while Messi, who also cost Barca nothing, would command a fee of £172m (€196.8m), according to the football Observatory algorithm.

Messi’s value is reduced due to his age. The Argentina superstar will be 31 in June.

Alli, 21, cost Tottenham an initial £5m from MK Dons in 2015 and has a potential added value of £143m.

France striker Antoine Griezmann would be worth a £138m (€157.6m) profit to Atletico Madrid, although that figure does not take into account his reported €100m buy-out clause.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's best hat-tricks as Real Madrid icon nets 50th treble

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Girona on Sunday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his red-hot form with four goals as Real Madrid beat Girona 6-3 in La Liga on Sunday night.

Ronaldo made it 21 goals from his last 11 matches in a devastating individual display, sealing his 50th career hat-trick in the process and taking his tally for the season to a staggering 37.

Here, we look back at his top five best hat-tricks – taking into account the magnitude of the game and context.

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5. Man United 6-0 Newcastle, Premier League, January 12, 2008 

This was Ronaldo’s first career hat-trick and indeed first for the Red Devils. Ronaldo was mesmerising during United’s title-winning season – in which he netted 31 goals in 34 Premier League outings. This treble was significant because it opened the floodgates to Ronaldo scoring big and really cashing in, seizing his chance to boost his goals tally at every opportunity – particularly against the weaker sides.

At that time, he also started to fine-tune his ability from the dead ball. His opener, in that game at Old Trafford, wasn’t the finest – with the ball squirming through the wall and beneath Shay Given – but served as further evidence that Ronaldo with a set-piece in his grasp was to be feared.

His second was just delightful, combining his pace, vision and supreme first-touch to get on the blindside of the Toon left-back and cut right through the heart of their defence, before latching onto an exquisite Carlos Tevez pass and finishing.

He then left Newcastle defender Cacapa – yeah, remember him – on the floor, after using his first touch to get the ball out of his feet, and then smashed a sweet left-foot strike into the Stretford End goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Manchester United scores his third goal during the Premier league football match against Newcastle United at Old Trafford, Manchester , north-west England, 12 January 2008. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES Mobile and website use of domestic English football pictures are subject to obtaining a Photographic End User Licence from Football DataCo Ltd Tel : +44 (0) 207 864 9121 or e-mail - applies to Premier and Football League matches. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Ronaldo nets his third two minutes from time.

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4. Atletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid, La Liga, November 19, 2016

There’s nothing quite like tearing your arch-rivals to shreds on their own patch. Ronaldo bossed the Vicente Calderon that night, extending Real’s lead at the top of the table in what culminated in a title triumph.

His first goal came from a long-range free-kick, he tucked home a penalty for his second and latched onto a superb Gareth Bale byline cross to wrap things up. The hat-trick probably gained more headlines for the then 31-year-old’s posed celebration in front of the TV cameras, which didn’t go down too well with the locals.

That was the 39th hat-trick of his career – meaning Ronaldo has since scored 11 hat-tricks in 15 months or so of football. Truly spellbinding stuff.

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of a TV camera as he celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on November 19, 2016. Real Madrid won 3-0. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Who said he has an ego?

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3. Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg, Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg, April 12, 2016 

Almost two years ago, Zinedine Zidane had yet to win a Champions League. That seems a very long time in the past now. But Ronaldo’s hat-trick against the Bundesliga side – helping to seal a 3-2 aggregate success following a limp 2-0 first leg loss in Germany – was a totemic milestone in the Whites’ successful charge to glory the following month against city rivals Atletico at the San Siro.

His first two goals – an early tap-in after 15 minutes and a glancing header from a Toni Kroos header less than 120 seconds later – were not vintage, but restored parity in the tie.

On that evening, the Bernabeu was a real pressure-cooker and you could cut the tension with a knife. That’s probably why the roof – if it had one – would have come off when Ronaldo slammed home a dipping 25-yard free-kick with 13 minutes left on the clock to seal Real’s passage.

It turned out to be a defining night in Zidane’s tenure.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (L) scores their their goal from a free kick and completes his hat trick during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and VfL Wolfsburg at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ronaldo’s free-kick escapes the Wolfsburg wall.

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2.Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich, Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg, April 18, 2017 

A vital treble from the Portuguese star which helped Los Blancos battle past Bayern Munich in last season’s epic Champions League quarter-final clash. The second leg was an enthralling encounter at the Bernabeu as the German giants took the game into extra-time with a 2-1 lead, making the aggregate score level at 3-3 apiece.

Ronaldo then pounced with two goals in the space of five minutes to complete his hat-trick. While his strikes were more clinical than stunning, his third goal was his 100th in Europe’s top competition and this blitz was paramount on the way to back-to-back European successes.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 18: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Another vintage Champions League display.

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1. Sweden 2-3 Portugal, World Cup qualifier – European play-off 2nd leg, 19 November, 2013

It’s amazing to think that this hat-trick was well over four years ago – for it is still so fresh in the mind.

Ronaldo ensured Portugal qualified for the 2014 World Cup, banging in a treble during the 3-2 second and away leg victory against Sweden – ensuring a 4-2 aggregate success.

It wasn’t just the importance of these three goals but the calibre too, with each of them being world-class. His opening two goals were fine left-footed finishes, escaping the clutches of the last defender on both occasions to rifle home from a narrow angle while he rounded the goalkeeper brilliantly for his third, before crashing the ball into the roof of the net. Simply bliss – this one was impossible to top.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 19: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their 3rd goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images,)

Ronaldo celebrates his third goal in the 3-2 success.

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Pedro scores in extra-time to send Chelsea into FA Cup semi-final

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Pedro’s extra-time header saw Chelsea advance to the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of Leicester.

Alvaro Morata scored for the first time since Boxing Day to give Chelsea a half-time lead, but Jamie Vardy equalised 14 minutes from time to force the additional periods at the King Power Stadium.

And Pedro headed in as the Blues ended a five-match losing streak away from home to reach the last four, where they were drawn to face Southampton. Manchester United will meet Tottenham in the other semi-final, with the ties to be played on the weekend of April 21-22.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea succeeded Leicester as Premier League champions last term and also reached the FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal.

The competition represents the Blues’ final trophy chance of an at-times tumultuous season after their midweek Champions League exit at Barcelona.

The omens appear good. They had beaten Leicester in all five prior FA Cup meetings and the last three times – in 1997, 2000 and 2012 – they went on to lift the trophy.

Morata was one of three changes for Chelsea, starting for just the second time since the league draw with Leicester on January 13.

Tiemoue Bakayoko was another brought in. The midfielder struggled, regularly relinquishing possession.

N’Golo Kante was there to mop up – and do so much more. Kante seemed spurned on by a smattering of early boos from Leicester supporters with short memories, as he reminded them of his role in their 2015-16 title triumph.

Marc Albrighton fired wide after two minutes and Antonio Rudiger cleared as Wes Morgan threatened at the far post as the hosts went close again.

Willy Caballero – continuing in the cup in place of Thibaut Courtois, who, Conte said, had a minor hamstring problem – saved as Wilfred Ndidi shot from 25 yards.

Next Kasper Schmeichel denied Morata at the other end. The striker’s shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Harry Maguire ran forwards and tried to feed Kalechi Iheanacho, who allowed Andreas Christensen to retrieve the ball uncontested.

Maguire soon found himself defending as Morata rounded him in the right side of the area before hitting the outside of the post from an acute angle.

Chelsea struck on the counter-attack after Marcos Alonso tackled Riyad Mahrez on the edge of the Blues box and Rudiger found Willian.

The Brazilian surged forwards before freeing Morata, who finished with a confidence of which he has been so shorn of late. The strike ended a run of 13 appearances without a goal.

Bakayoko’s poor performance, which included a booking, saw him replaced at half-time by Cesc Fabregas.

A Caballero calamity almost presented Leicester with an equaliser, but Mahrez fired well off target after the goalkeeper’s poor clearance.

Next Vardy found plenty of space eight yards out, but sent a header from Ndidi’s lofted pass well over.

Eden Hazard fired over and Schmeichel diverted a Victor Moses cross away from Morata before Leicester levelled.

Mahrez squeezed in a cross from the right and Chelsea failed to deal with it. Vicente Iborra had two efforts, the second saved by Caballero as far as Vardy, who prodded in.

Vardy was denied by Caballero and Morata by Schmeichel as the match went to extra time.

Chelsea made the breakthrough when Kante crossed and Pedro, on for Willian, rose between Ben Chilwell and Albrighton to head in over Schmeichel.

The visitors defended desperately at times as Leicester pushed for an equaliser to force penalties, but Chelsea held on.

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