England captain Harry Kane has his sights set high after admitting he has set himself a challenge of emulating Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the best player on the planet.
The Tottenham striker now has eight goals from six games as captain of the national side, after kick starting his World Cup career with the brace in England’s opening game in Russia that secured their 2-1 win over Tunisia.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for the past decade with nobody else winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or in the past 10 years and now that is the level Kane is aiming for.
“To be the best player in the world you have to aim high. You can’t aim low,” Kane said:
“I want to prove myself at a major tournament. I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments.
“I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself that I can do it.
“Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them.
“I have been itching to get out there and showcase myself on the big stage.”
After Monday’s brace, Kane has 15 goals in 25 appearances for England, achieving something Wayne Rooney failed to do and that was to become the first Englishman to score twice in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in Italy in 1990.
During the past four seasons, Kane has scored 135 goals which includes the 41 scored last term as Tottenham finished third in the Premier League.
In comparison, Ronaldo has scored 450 goals in 438 for Real Madrid, while Barcelona’s Messi has netted 552 goals for the La Liga champions.