(Reuters) - Harry Kane has dreams of holding aloft the Ballon d’Or trophy like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but the Tottenham Hotspur striker knows his club must start collecting silverware if he is to have any chance of such individual success.
Ronaldo is on course to win his fifth Ballon d’Or after helping Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League success and Kane, 23, said the Portuguese forward was a great role model.
“Who wouldn’t want to win that big gold trophy? It’s definitely something I aspire to do,” Kane told reporters when asked about the Ballon d’Or.
“Doing that, you have to win the big tournaments, for club and country. Ronaldo won the Euros and the Champions League... Messi’s in a similar situation.
“To do that, it isn’t just individual, I think it’s part of a team thing as well, winning team trophies. That’s hopefully what we can do at Tottenham.”
Kane, who scored 29 goals in 30 Premier League games last season, said he hoped to emulate Ronaldo’s big-game mentality.
“You see him do that game in, game out, in the finals, in the semi-finals,” Kane said of Ronaldo’s goal-scoring record in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“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.”
Kane will be in action on Saturday when Group F leaders England face Scotland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. England then face France in a friendly on June 13.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford