England striker led Spurs’ 4-1 demolition of Liverpool after boss Mauricio Pochettino introduced him to the all-time great and said: “I can only learn from someone like him”
HARRY KANE says Diego Maradona has inspired him to try to become the best player in the world.
Tottenham striker Kane met the Argentina legend before the North Londoners’ 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
Kane, 24, has made no secret of his desire to be the planet’s No 1 — just like Maradona was in the 1980s.
Asked if it was an inspiration to meet the 1986 World Cup winner, Kane said: “Yes, definitely.
“That’s what it’s about, meeting these people, feeling their good positive vibes and using that in my game.
“Hopefully I can take it on the pitch, enjoy it out there, enjoy football and enjoy the big occasion — as it was on Sunday.
“It’s about just putting out your best. That is all you can do.”
Kane was again at his best as he scored twice against Liverpool to extend Spurs’ unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.
VIP guest Maradona — also notorious for the Hand of God goal that did for England at Mexico ’86 — attended the match with his old international team-mate and Spurs icon Ossie Ardiles.
Kane and captain Hugo Lloris were introduced to Maradona before kick-off by boss Mauricio Pochettino — who played alongside his compatriot back home at Newell’s Old Boys in 1993-94.
Kane said: “Maradona’s a fantastic guy. Great energy, great guy.
“He is one of the best No 10s ever, so it was great for him to be there.
“He didn’t speak much English, just Spanish, so I didn’t really understand what he was saying.
“But he was very energetic and said nice compliments, not just to me but to the team and to the manager.
“It was great to be in the company of someone like that. What a player he was and I can only learn from someone like him.”
Kane’s brace against the Reds took his goal tally for 2017 to 45.
The England star now has his sights set on reaching the bullseye before the year is out.
He said: “Fifty goals for the year would be nice. There’s plenty of games to go, so we’ll see.
“I don’t like to think about it too much but I feel good.”
Reaching the half-century would emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, arguably the world’s top two current stars.
Kane added: “That’s what I want to do. I’ve told you before, at some stage I want to be the best player in the world and to do that you have to be up there with these players.
“They set the standards, Ronaldo and Messi, so for the rest of us it’s about trying to catch them.
“The numbers are good, but for me it’s more important to be winning big games against big teams.
“It shows we are coming together as a team and getting better. That’s the most important thing.
“We will see where we finish at the end of the year but it’s always my aim to be up there with the very best.”