World Cup Star: I Want To Be Up There With Messi & Ronaldo
2018 FIFA World Cup Star: I Want To Be Up There Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo
A 2018 FIFA World Cup star has admitted that he has set himself a target of emulating the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
England international Harry Kane, who scored a brace in his country's opening fixture against Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has netted eight goals in six matches as captain of the Three Lions, and 10 in eight under manager Gareth Southgate.
The 24-year-old has now stated that he is determined to keep improving his game, and hopefully reach Ronaldo and Messi's heights.
"I had to prove people wrong throughout my career, and I love proving to myself I can do it," Kane said, according to BBC Sport.
"Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them. To be the best player in the world you have to aim high – you cannot aim low – so just put no limits on yourself.
"I worked hard to get where I am. I have a lot of determination, and I enjoy being here, it is about stepping it up. I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point.
"The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, so it was a challenge to put that right. There is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals.
"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.
"It gives me confidence doing that, and I want to do that in the games ahead. I have been itching to get out there and showcase my talent.
"We have been in Russia a long time and were all excited to get started, but you are never sure until you get out on the pitch. There are those moments when you need a goal, but we did not panic, we looked calm, we did not look like conceding, and we are always a threat at set-pieces."
Kane has made 25 appearances for his country so far, scoring 15 goals and assisting a further three strikes along the way.
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