"It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has".
Tottenham are facing a number of injury worries ahead of their Champions League game against Barcelona with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all missing training on Tuesday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: 'It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries.
"As a footballer, you always want to measure yourself against the best in the world and Messi, without a doubt, it is a great test".
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However, he is far behind Argentine Messi who has scored 560 goals in 646 games for Barcelona in all competitions, with 103 of those coming in the Champions League.
The quintet will also not be fit for the Premier League match with struggling Cardiff on Saturday.
In stark contrast, the Catalan powerhouses have failed to win in any of their last three games with home draws against Girona and Athletic Club flanking a awful 2-1 reverse at Leganes.
Kane and co can also draw on the memories of last season's stunning 3-1 Wembley win over Real Madrid.
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"We would have been teammates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him!"
"Barcelona are a fantastic side but a year ago we proved we can beat the big teams, especially at home". We must feel strong.
"I'm not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said. We need to produce that same energy, the crowd were wonderful that night and if we can get them on their feet as soon as possible, create some chances and take one or two it would put us in a great position.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Harry Kane is among 5 players that definitely need to leave their current clubs if they want to win the Champions League cup.
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