Harry Kane takes aim at Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo


Harry Kane is a man with a plan. He wants to join soccer royalty.

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The Tottenham Hotspur and England striker has 11 goals in seven games for club and country in September, well and truly ending his usual August slump as he scored a perfect hat trick in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

At the age of 24, Kane has already won the Premier League Golden Boot as its top scorer in each of the past two campaigns and the English striker has now scored six hat tricks in 2017 and 25 league goals in the calendar year. Only Lionel Messi has scored more league goals in 2017 than Kane in Europe’s top five leagues.

Speaking ahead of his hat trick at APOEL Nicosia, Kane revealed the stats likening him to Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s output drive him on to improve.

“With social media these days, it’s difficult to stay away from the stats,” Kane said. “Everyone is tweeting this thing or that thing and you see it. I want to be one of the best players in the world, so when people put stuff up and I see I am close to those players [Messi and Ronaldo] it is a great incentive to get even closer and go to the next step. I use it, yes. Staying consistent at the top level is what it’s all about.”

That mentality is why Kane has become perhaps the most complete striker in the Premier League with goals via headers, his left foot, right foot and an ability to drop deep and link up the play. He has everything to succeed and has clearly improved in each of his full three seasons in the Premier League.

After loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City, Kane has grasped his chance at Tottenham with both hands and has now scored 108 goals in 173 games in all competitions for Spurs and 10 in 21 games for England.

Messi has 519 goal in 592 games for Barcelona. Ronaldo has 411 goals in 400 games for Real Madrid. Messi had scored 180 goals for Barca, five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies by the time he was 24. Ronaldo had 118 goals for Manchester United, three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League title before he joined Real Madrid at the age of 24.

Kane has someway to go if he will ever reach their majestic and frankly ridiculous levels, especially when it comes to winning trophies, but as the talisman for Tottenham, and now England, he has shown progression every step of the way so far.

He shouldn’t be ridiculed for wanting to get on the same level as Messi and Ronaldo and Kane’s goalscoring feats can now see him mentioned in the same breath as those players. All he has to do is keep this level of play up for another six years into his early 30s.

Consistency. That’s the hard bit.