Harry Kane vs. Dortmund his best performance in stunning September
September 2017 was the best month of Harry Kane's career and his 13 goals for Tottenham and England equals the highest tallies in a single month by both Lionel Messi (13 in March 2012) and Cristiano Ronaldo (13 in Oct. 2010) -- further proof that Kane is getting closer to the La Liga duo's superhuman levels.
Six teams suffered at Kane's hands over the month, with only a plucky Swansea side keeping him at bay.
ESPN FC ranked Kane's seven appearances in September ...
7. Tottenham 0-0 Swansea, Sept. 16
More Wembley woe for Spurs and Kane, who were frustrated as unadventurous Swansea parked the bus at the national stadium. Kane had Spurs' best two chances, scooping on to the bar and forcing a save from Lukasz Fabianski.
6. Malta 0-4 England, Sept. 1
After another barren August, it was no surprise when Kane scored on the first day of September, giving an uninspiring England the lead with a cool finish from Dele Alli's pass. He ruthlessly added an assist and another goal in stoppage time against a Malta side who had thrown in the towel by then but the late goals added an undeserved gloss to the scoreline for England.
5. West Ham 2-3 Tottenham, Sept. 23
The remarkable thing about Kane is that this wasn't a particularly remarkable performance, just an everyday double from the goal-machine. Kane did make his first goal, a header from Alli's cross, look easier than it was before he was in the right place at the right time to roll home a second four minutes later.
4. Everton 0-3 Tottenham, Sept. 9
Kane's extraordinary run for Spurs started with a stroke of luck as his cross sailed over Jordan Pickford to open the scoring at Goodison Park with his 100th goal for Spurs. He definitely meant his second, cooling converting Ben Davies' cross as the confidence began to flow.
3. Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham, Sept. 30
This was Kane at the very height of that confidence and he made two very difficult finishes look very easy. It was a measure of his form that no-one had any doubt he would score when he bore down on goal in the ninth minute and he added a brilliant second with his left foot. He was unlucky not to finish with a hat-trick after an acrobatic finish was ruled out for a debatable offside.
2. APOEL Nicosia 0-3 Tottenham, Sept. 26
There was nothing particularly wrong with APOEL's performance but Kane was the difference between the teams, scoring the perfect hat-trick in Cyprus: left-foot, right-foot, header. His second and third goals came after he dropped to No.10 following Fernando Llorente's introduction, further demonstrating his all-round game and intelligence.
1. Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund, Sept. 13
But can he do it against the very best teams in Europe? Kane helped Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham to a landmark win with a brilliant, wrong-foot brace against the German giants. Pochettino was so pleased with his first goal, when Kane out-muscled two defenders and finished brilliantly at the near post, that he showed the squad the video on repeat. Kane had set Spurs on their way to victory with a superb assist for Son Heung-Min in what was a faultless example of how to play as a lone striker.
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.