2017 in review: Real Madrid, Harry Kane, Mo Salah and the other success stories of the year
It was another record-breaking year for football, so what better time than New Year’s Eve to look back over the past 12 months at some of the success stories? If 2017 belonged to one player it was surely Harry Kane. The #Tottenham Hotspur striker smashed Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record for most #PremierLeague goals in a calendar year, signing off with two hat-tricks against #Burnley and #Southampton respectively. Wayne Rooney broke a record even older than Shearer’s. His superb free kick against #StokeCity last January took him to 250 #ManchesterUnited goals to overtake Bobby Charlton’s mark. He ended his Old Trafford career with more silverware with winner’s medals in the League Cup and Europa League before sealing a return to his boyhood club Everton. We can’t talk about success stories without mentioning Pep Guardiola’s #ManchesterCity. An 18-game winning streak can be extended against #CrystalPalace on Sunday. And if a manager and a team’s success should never be judged too far apart, then Raheem Sterling’s emergence as a match-winner is one of Guardiola’s biggest achievements. It would be remiss of us not to mention #RealMadrid. Bar the Copa del Rey Zinedine Zidane’s side swept all before them in 2017: La Liga, repeat winners of the Champions League, Uefa and Spanish Super Cups -- and they capped it all off in Abu Dhabi by becoming the first team to retain the Fifa Club World Cup in December. Antonio Conte winning the Premier League in his first season at #Chelsea, Mohamed Salah tearing down the house at #Liverpool - join Steve Luckings and Graham Caygill as they look back on this and much more in the year that was in football.