Patrick Vieira has risked the wrath of Arsenal fans by confessing his "love" for Harry Kane – but he doesn't think the Tottenham striker is as good as Thierry Henry.
Kane is currently taking on Vieira's Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park, where he is looking to register his first Premier League goal of the season.
The England captain has proven himself as one of the best finishers in world football over the past seven years, having bagged 218 goals in 313 appearances for Spurs.
He has also scored 41 goals in 64 games for England, helping Gareth Southgate's side reach the Euro 2020 final back in the summer.
Though while he admits Kane is a "fantastic player", Vieira believes he still has a long way to go to be up there with his former Arsenal team-mate Henry.
Before Palace's clash with Spurs on Saturday, the Gunners legend said: “Thierry Henry is on a different level.
“I love Kane, a fantastic player, but Thierry is still Thierry.
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“He could do everything. He had the pace, the power, he could run in behind, he could get the ball at his feet and dribble past three or four players and score.
“Maybe it’s because I played with Thierry, I see him in a different way. So it’s easier for me to talk about Thierry than to talk about Kane.
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“But I see Thierry as in the top three of all time.”
Henry is widely considered one of the greatest Premier League players of all time after scoring 226 goals in 370 appearances for Arsenal.
Along with Vieira, he played a crucial part in the Gunners' 2003/04 Invincibles campaign – which saw them win the Premier League title without losing a single game.
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No other English top-flight team has managed the feat in a 38-game season.
Henry also spent time at Barcelona, scoring 49 goals in 121 games and adding the Champions League to his trophy cabinet in 2009.
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