Lift­ing the Bal­lon d’Or weighs heav­ily on Harry Kane’s mind

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HARRY KANE has dreams of hold­ing aloft the Bal­lon d’Or tro­phy like Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi, but the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur striker knows his club must start col­lect­ing sil­ver­ware if he is to have any chance of such in­di­vid­ual suc­cess.

Ron­aldo is on course to win his fifth Bal­lon d’Or af­ter help­ing Real Madrid to La Liga and Cham­pi­ons League suc­cess and Kane, 23, said the Por­tuguese for­ward was a great role model.

“Who wouldn’t want to win that big gold tro­phy? It’s def­i­nitely some­thing I as­pire to do,” Kane told re­porters when asked about the Bal­lon d’Or.

“Do­ing that, you have to win the big tour­na­ments, for club and coun­try. Ron­aldo won the Eu­ros and the Cham­pi­ons League... Messi’s in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

“To do that, it isn’t just in­di­vid­ual, I think it’s part of a team thing as well, win­ning team tro­phies. That’s hope­fully what we can do at Tot­ten­ham.”

Kane, who scored 29 goals in 30 Pre­mier League games last sea­son, said he hoped to em­u­late Ron­aldo’s big-game men­tal­ity.

“You see him do that game in, game out, in the fi­nals, in the semi­fi­nals,” Kane said of Ron­aldo’s goal-scor­ing record in the knock­out stages of the Cham­pi­ons League.

“That’s what I as­pire to be. Ron­aldo’s a great role model, a fan­tas­tic player.

“That’s hope­fully some­thing I can achieve one day.”

Kane will be in ac­tion to­day when Group F lead­ers Eng­land face Scot­land in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier.

Eng­land then face France in a friendly on June 13. – Reuters

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