FIFA World Cup 2018: Ronaldo, Messi are Still my Inspiration – Harry Kane
Harry Kane still holds up Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as standard-bearers despite the superstar duo’s disappointing FIFA World Cup 2018. Meanwhile, Harry Kane is leading the Golden Boot race with six goals so far in Russia.
Harry leading Golden Boot’s race
Messi’s Argentina and Ronaldo’s Portugal both bowed out in the last 16 of the mega event. Argentina got beaten by France (4-3) while Portugal lost (2-1) to Uruguay.
Harry Kane-led England has at least gone one better than the pair in that regard. England have progressed to the quarterfinals and are set to face Sweden later on Saturday.
A day before kick-off, Kane insisted the men who had won the Ballon d’Or in each of the past ten years between them still represent the pinnacle of the game in his eyes. He said during a press conference,
“Ronaldo and Messi, you can never write them off, they’ve not had the tournament they wanted to, but they’re still two of the best players in the world. For me they’re still an inspiration, they set a bar that we have to try and reach. So I’m very pleased with how it’s gone so far, I want to keep pushing and getting better, and that’s down to what they achieved in their career.”
Sitting alongside Kane was manager Gareth Southgate. He was asked if he felt there was a changing of the guard as a new wave of talent, including Kane, begins to shine.
“Personally I think the world always changes, teams go through evolutions and the teams that have been dominant for a long time, their team has an era that’s very strong. It’s unusual to constantly be at the top. Younger players come through, and new teams emerge, and I think we’re seeing a bit of that at this tournament.”
Southgate praises Kane
The English coach had a lot of appreciation for his side’s captain too,
“Exciting young players across the world are announcing themselves and to do that on the world stage.. .it’s fantastic for Harry. To score goals on the world stage is another level of achievement. I’m delighted for him that he’s individually doing well and that’s helping us enormously as a team,” Southgate concluded.
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