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Harry Kane wants to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi's longevity

Sean Walsh
Kane has set his sights high
Kane has set his sights high / DANIEL LEAL/GettyImages

Harry Kane is hoping to extend his career at the top level well into his 30s, citing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as examples he wants to follow.

The 28-year-old has rediscovered his scoring touch for Spurs under Antonio Conte are a slow start to the season, and is now only 30 goals away from toppling Jimmy Greaves as the club's all-time leading scorer.

Recent reports have suggested that after trying and failing to leave Tottenham last summer, Kane is content again in north London following Conte's arrival, and the England captain is hoping to keep playing for another decade.

"People are speaking about their prime being between their mid-20s and late-20s," Kane said in an interview with Goal. "But I feel like people’s prime now is early-30s, pushing on to mid-30s.

"You look at Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. All these players hit 30 and took their careers to another level.

"That’s something I look at and get excited about because I know there’s a lot more I can improve on and achieve.

"I think Ronaldo and Messi set the standard, not just on the pitch but by being so professional off it. It’s all down to the way they keep their body in good shape, so that they can perform week in, week out.

"So, that’s the goal: I want to be playing football as long as possible. It is a sport I love and enjoy doing every day of my life, so the longer I do it, the better."

After a sluggish start to the campaign, Kane has looked much sharper in recent Spurs games, but has some way to go in his defence of the Premier League Golden Boot - he is currently 11 goals behind frontrunner Mohamed Salah.