Kane Snubs Lionel Messi, Prefers Cristiano Ronaldo And Kylian Mbappe for Ultimate Striker Build

Kane Snubs Lionel Messi, Prefers Cristiano Ronaldo And Kylian Mbappe for Ultimate Striker Build

Isaac Darko
November 21, 2023 at 9:46 AM
  • Harry Kane has built his ultimate eight-man striker
  • The forward included himself and Cristiano Ronaldo
  • But he surprisingly excluded Argentina's Lionel Messi

England captain Harry Kane omitted Lionel Messi but included Cristiano Ronaldo's speed and Kylian Mbappe's dribbling while constructing his ultimate striker.

Kane faced the challenging assignment to craft an ultimate striker, considering eight specific abilities: Movement, speed, heading, finishing, strength, dribbling, link-up play, and work rate.

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Harry Kane snubbed Lionel Messi but chose Cristiano Ronaldo's speed and Kylian Mbappe's dribbling when building his ultimate striker. Photos by Crystal Pix/ Marcos Brindicci/Jose Manuel Alvarez
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Per ESPN, the Bayern Munich star opted for the movement of former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani and the heading abilities of Liverpool legend Peter Crouch.

As for the ex-Tottenham skipper, he chose himself for finishing and has made a significant impact at the Allianz Arena, scoring 21 goals in 16 games across competitions.

Kane preferred the strength of Chelsea icon Didier Drogba and the link-up play of United legend Wayne Rooney. Notably, he specifically highlighted the work rate of England teammate Jude Bellingham.

Kane adds Ronaldo and Mbappe

Interestingly, the 30-year-old singled out Cristiano Ronaldo for speed, acknowledging the Portuguese icon's remarkable pace that illuminated European football, per Metro Football.

Ronaldo clocked a speed of 33.95 km per hour during the 2018 FIFA World Cup when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain.

Conversely, Kane opted for Kylian Mbappe's dribbling abilities, recognizing the Paris Saint-Germain superstar's captivating ball control.

Kane excludes Messi

Nevertheless, some enthusiasts might find it surprising that Lionel Messi didn't secure a spot in Kane's ultimate striker. The 2022 FIFA World Cup winner consistently demonstrated all the required qualities.

Messi is widely regarded as one of, if not the best dribblers in history, showcasing his skills during his time at Barcelona, where he wreaked havoc on opposing defenders.

The Inter Miami superstar has completed an impressive 2358 dribbles since August 2006, according to Opta, leading the dribbling list, with his longtime rival Ronaldo positioned sixth.

Kane sets Ballon d'Or target

Sports Brief previously reported on Kane setting himself Ballon d'Or targets after moving to Germany, despite missing out on a trophy in his opening game for the club.

The striker believes he scores enough goals to be in contention and the only thing missing in silverware. He will be in the conversation for the award if he wins them.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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