Kane ad­mits he still has a way to go to match Messi and Ron­aldo

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IT would not have been lost on record-breaker Harry Kane that it was less than a month ago that he was be­ing put in the shade by Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi. Fol­low­ing the Tot­ten­ham striker’s hat­trick in Box­ing Day’s 5-2 win against Southamp­ton, the trib­utes have been pour­ing in. And so they should. Kane will fin­ish this year with 39 Premier League goals, eclips­ing Alan Shearer’s record from 1995. His tally of 56 for club and coun­try dur­ing the cal­en­dar year also makes him the lead­ing scorer in Europe, ahead of Barcelona’s Messi. No­tably it was the first time in nine years where Messi or Ron­aldo had not been top of the tree. Kane has spo­ken of his de­ter­mi­na­tion to one day ri­val the pair and he has achieved that over a re­mark­able 12 months, dur­ing which he has scored eight hat­tricks. De­spite his feat he still has some way to go to over­haul them, with his 10th place fin­ish in the Bal­lon d’Or proof. At just 24, how­ever, time is on his side. “They’re both great records but the club and coun­try one is good as it shows I’m do­ing it at all lev­els - Cham­pi­ons League and for Eng­land - and not just in one com­pe­ti­tion,” said Kane. “That’s one I’m very proud of. “When you look at Messi and Ron­aldo, I’ve ob­vi­ously still got a long way to go be­fore I can be com­pared to them but it’s a start and that’s what I want to do. I want to keep im­prov­ing and be up there one day. That’s al­ways the goal, to be brack­eted with the best play­ers in the world. “Messi and Ron­aldo have set that stan­dard for so long now. To nick ahead is some­thing I’m proud of and it’s just the start for me. I want to do it year in year out. They’ve done it for eight or nine years now so be classed in that bracket that’s what I’ve got to do. That’s my aim.” Kane is tar­get­ing tro­phies with Tot­ten­ham in 2018 in­stead of notch­ing up any fur­ther per­sonal mile­stones. For all of their near misses, Tot­ten­ham have not lifted any sil­ver­ware since their League Cup fi­nal win over Chelsea in 2008. It re­mains, six years af­ter his first-team de­but, the one stand­out omis­sion on Kane’s CV. Asked if per­sonal records means more than the in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades head­ing his way, Kane said: “Yeah, for sure, 100%. I’ve al­ways said team tro­phies are what I want to achieve. “We’ve got a good chance to win the FA Cup. In the Cham­pi­ons League we’ve shown we can beat the best and we’ve got to see how far we can go in that. Ob­vi­ously in the Premier League we’re in a fight for the top four and we’ve got to see how high we can get. “There’s a lot to play for and for me it’s about win­ning tro­phies.” Kane has now promised to take his team­mates for din­ner to thank them for help­ing him reach the land­mark. There’s lit­tle doubt he will be hun­gry to feast on strug­gling Swansea on Jan­uary 2. “I will do ev­ery­thing I can to im­prove, whether it’s on the pitch, off the pitch, on the train­ing pitch,” he added. “What­ever it is, I’ll keep look­ing to get bet­ter. It’s so im­por­tant in the Premier League. “Thats the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing some­times. If I can keep my­self fit and healthy, we’ll see what hap­pens.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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