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Harry Kane looking to emulate Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Kane looking to emulate Messi, Ronaldo
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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane sets his sights on emulating the goalscoring feats of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he nears 50 goals for 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has set his sights on emulating the goalscoring achievements of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during his career.

Barcelona's Messi and Real Madrid's Ronaldo have set new standards during the near-decade in which they have dominated football, helping them to share the past nine Ballon d'Or crowns between them.

Kane has emerged as one of the best goalscorers in world football in recent seasons, though, and with his brace in the 4-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday taking him to 45 goals for club and country in 2017, he is now bidding for a half-century in a single calendar year.

"I've told you before, at some stage I want to be the best player in the world and to do that you have to be up there with these players," he told reporters.

"They set the standards, Ronaldo and Messi, so for the rest of us it's about trying to catch them and get up there. The numbers are good but, for me, it's more important to be winning these big games against big teams. It shows we are coming together as a team and getting better.

"Fifty would be nice. We will see. There are plenty of games to go, a lot of tough games coming up, so we will just see. I don't like to think about it too much. I feel confident, scoring goals early in a game like that helps as well, so I just want to keep it going."

Messi is the only player from Europe's top five leagues to have scored more goals than Kane so far this calendar year.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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