Harry Kane is an ambitious young man. This season he became only the fourth striker to score 20 goals in 3 consecutive Premier League seasons.
In doing so he has joined the elite group of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, and Ruud van Nistelrooy. But judging by his latest interview, Kane isn’t satisfied yet.
Speaking to ESPNFC UK, Kane made it clear that he wants to be among the very best in the game. It seems Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, has inspired him.
"Definitely," Kane said when asked if he is on the verge of becoming world-class. "That's what I want to be. I want to be classed in that bracket, but I know I'm not there yet. Part of it is proving it on the international stage. At club level I've had a good few seasons. It's now about taking that next step, international football in the big games, in the big moments.”
"I'm working harder than ever to try and achieve that. I'm 23 now. Hopefully I've got a few more years left and I can learn and get better and really push forward."
"You see him (Ronaldo) do that game in, game out, in the finals, in the semifinals," Kane said. "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.”
The 23-year-old golden boot winner has lofty goals, but he’s being realistic. He’s clearly already one of the best players in the Premier League, but he recognizes that he needs to take that step in international football as well.
Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, so it will be tough even for Kane to match him. He’ll probably never be able to match him in terms of endorsements and modelling contracts, but scoring and winning a lot sounds good too.
Spurs fans might be worried that these words are representative of a desire to become world class at a bigger club, but Kane has always offered reassurance that he wants to do all these things at Spurs. Plus, he seems to be more worried about his international form here than his club form.
"You always get judged on the big games and the big moments. You see the world's best do it every time they seem to get those occasions. First and foremost, we've got to get there as a team. But as a player, you want to prove to the world you're as good as anyone else.”
"I'm no different. I want to prove to everyone here and everyone across the world that I'm one of the best strikers out there."
"Growing up, I've always had to prove people wrong to get where I am now," Kane said. "International's no different. I've always said, to be a world-class striker you have to do it at club and international level. Five in 17 isn't the worst record in the world.”
"But I love to score and affect the game, so hopefully I can boost it up over the next three, four, five six years, carry it on for the rest of my international career and be classed as one of those top, top players.
"With club football, you are in a rhythm all the time. You are playing week in week out but for your country, it is not like that. You meet up every now and then. But it is something I have got to get used to.
"I want to get back playing, hopefully get back scoring. If I score maybe a hat trick at the weekend and a couple in the next game, the ratio might not look so bad. As a striker, you can always change that."
5 goals in 17 games really isn’t bad at the international level! But we know how Harry Kane is. That’s not good enough for him, and based on his form at Spurs he can certainly do better.
Kane received his fair share of criticism following England’s departure from the Euros last summer. That criticism, like the one-season-wonder criticism of days past, has stuck with him. And that’s probably a good thing! Kane has developed an efficient method of turning his haters into his motivators.
The sky is the limit for Kane, and for the team at Spurs. One might say that they’ve set their sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.