Also, for the first time in years, the Champions League will not feature Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of arguably the greatest soccer players in history. Ronaldo, 38, plays for the Al Nassr team in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Messi left PSG as a free agent in the summer transfer window to join David Beckham’s MLS team Inter Miami. Despite their absence, Kane, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have taken on similar roles.
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The former Tottenham player also credits Messi and Ronaldo as his inspirations and motivating him to reach their level of play. Speaking to ESPN, he said: ‘I think about what they have done, they are as good in their 30s as they were in their 20s. I’ve just turned 30 now, and it certainly gives me encouragement: if I keep my body in good shape and keep the right manaI can play at the highest level as long as I want to do it.
He further added: These players [Ronaldo and Messi] have set the bar – these players and some others – and that just motivates me and tells me it’s possible. It’s great to see these players continue to perform – two of the greatest soccer players to ever play in our game. For me, it’s now the second half of my career. I had a good first half, but can the second half be even better?
Can Kane reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo? Only time will tell. He ended his 19-year association with Tottenham in the summer transfer window, leaving as the top scorer in the club’s history with 280 goals. Only Alan Shearer (260) has scored more goals in Premier League history than Kane (213). In international soccer, he has scored 59 goals for England in 86 games.