Harry Kane says Brazilian icon Ronaldo was a source of inspiration as he rose through the ranks at Tottenham.
Ronaldo was the all-time top scorer in World Cup history with 15 goals until Germany’s Miroslav Klose trumped him and netted a record 16th in the 7-1 win ironically over Ronaldo’s country in 2014
Kane will make his World Cup debut in the opener against Tunisia just 10 days away, but he recently told Sky Sports how the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker proved to be his idol in his formative years.
“Brazilian Ronaldo was one guy [I watched], though our games weren’t that similar. Just the way he moved, the way he finished, the goals he scored, he was great,”:
he told Sky Sports.
He added: “I love watching things on YouTube and things like that; you could just sit there for an hour or so watching all his best clips. He was a striker that I really admired, I think a lot of people did. He was one of the first ones I looked at and thought, “Wow. He’s a goalscorer, I want to be a goalscorer.”
He continued: “That’s what I wanted to become and that’s why it’s so important to work on all different types of stuff in training to try and mould yourself into the best striker possible.”
The article goes on to describe how he looked up to Teddy Sheringham and Kane admits a partnership with the 52-year-old is one he’d like to have been a part of.
“I loved David Beckham growing up, but in terms of strikers, I’d say Teddy Sheringham – I loved Teddy,” he said.”As I was getting more and more into football, his career was coming to an end but I’ve watched a lot of clips and he was very smart, had a football brain, knew when to drop, when to run in behind. I’m quite similar and I’d say we’d have had a good understanding of when one goes, the other one drops and so on. I’d love to have played with him”
The article goes on to describe how spells away from north
London with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester saw Kane prosper in the Championship and League One, however he initially failed to capture the imagination in the Premier League, something Kane says was ‘tough;.
He added: “I never thought it wasn’t going to happen but there were times when I thought it was going to be tougher than [it was for] others.People know I went out on loan and there were good spells, bad spells and there was times where it was tough because there were times I wasn’t playing in the Championship, thinking to myself that I’m so far away from the England team, how long is it going to take me to get there?
He added: “I always stayed focused and believed I could, it was just a matter of working hard and that’s what I did. I kept my head down, didn’t complain, worked harder than I ever had before and got to where I wanted to be and now it’s about maintaining that and working probably even harder to stay at the top level.
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