Harry Kane says he wants to match, if not surpass, Lionel Messi’s outstanding Champions League goals record.
Messi is the second top scorer in Champions League history with 103 goals – only Cristiano Ronaldo, who has found the net 120 times in the competition, boasts a better record than Messi.
Kane has scored nine goals in 11 Champions League games having only featured in the competition during the last two seasons.
It took Messi 23 appearances to hit ten Champions League goals, but Kane could reach double figures against Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday night.
And ahead of the game, Kane revealed Messi’s record is what motivates him to score more goals in Europe and domestically.
“He’s set the standard,” said the Tottenham star (via ESPN). “I think him and [Cristiano] Ronaldo have gone above the normal standards that other people have been set in the years gone past.
“When you’re scoring as many goals as he has – 40 or 50 a season – as a striker, I want to try to match that and do the same.
“It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has.”
Kane scored 41 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions for Spurs last season before winning the Golden Boot with England at the World Cup in the summer.
The 25-year-old initially struggled to get going this term but has now scored five goals in seven Premier League games and will be hoping to replicate that form in the Champions League.