Messi raises the bar again for Kane
Harry Kane: I need to prove myself on the biggest stage
He was the last Englishman to be seriously considered but the Ballon d’Or was never truly within reach - he finished fifth in 2011 (with 2.31 per cent of the vote).
No striker in the Premier League has scored more goals than Kane (77) since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Kane spoke about that ambition while on England duty last month and quickly set about rectifying a slow start at international level.
Barca 3 Juve 0: Messi magic seals Champions League Camp Nou win Next summer’s World Cup finals will be a vital step if Kane is to become a global star but before that comes Tottenham’s Champions League campaign, beginning tonight against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Of the 101 goals Kane has scored for Spurs, two came in the Champions League.