Harry Kane a star in any era, like Lionel Messi, Pele - Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane a star in any era, like Lionel Messi, Pele - Mauricio Pochettino
From ESPN - February 9, 2018

LONDON -- Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to take any credit for Harry Kane's success, insisting the striker would be just as good in any league and in any era.

Pochettino compared Kane to Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Brazil legend Pele -- both of whom, along with Diego Maradona, are considered among the greatest ever players.

In an article for The Players' Tribune, published after he reached 100 Premier League goals, Kane said nobody "has had a bigger impact on my career than Mauricio" and thanked the 45-year-old for "for getting the most out of me as a striker."

But Pochettino said: "He achieves because he deserves to and because of him, not because of us. There are a lot of people involved. First of all his family, his parents, brother, wife, friends.

"And then the coaching through from when he was a kid to the first team, the managers that he had in the first team and now us. We are lucky in this period that he is shining.

"It is difficult to find another striker who has improved like he has improved. To have the impact Harry has had in the Premier League -- the best league in the world -- is so difficult and that is why for me he is one of the greatest strikers.

"I know that a striker like him in England, in Germany, in Spain, will be top. People say if Messi moved to England would he be the same? Come on! It's like saying if Maradona played today would he be the same! The same with [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Johan] Cruyff, Pele."

In the article, Kane, 24, reveals how his release by Arsenal as an eight-year-old has motivated him ever since to prove them wrong, and he will be aiming to score against Spurs' rivals for the eighth time when they visit in Wembley in Saturday's north London derby.

Pochettino said: "We read it the other day and we got emotional. He explained his life, howhe thinks, how he does everything. He did all this with us in the last three-and-a-half or four years.

"We know how tough it was for him to achieve all that he has achieved, how important his family was for him and the good advice from his dad, brother and everything. He is a good example for everyone.


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