After retiring from European football, most iconic names of the sport have taken to the United States to pursue a career in the MLS (US-based top-flight football league), however, England’s Harry Kane has different aspirations; he wants to play in the NFL (rugby).
Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane has established himself as one of the finest strikers in the world. Last year’s the England skipper was the top scorer in the FIFA World Cup tournament and he has also won the Premier League golden boot on two occasions.
The footballer has been an admirer of American football and believes that switching his career after ten years are so from football to rugby will help him become one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.
Previously, legendary footballers like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all moved to the MLS to end their career by living the ‘American Dream’. Kane, however, is setting track for a very unique, never-done-before career trail.
“(The desire to play in the NFL) is real,” the Tottenham Hotspur striker told ESPN in an interview. “(It’s) something that in 10 or 12 years I definitely want to try.
“If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?
“It goes back to that drive to be the best. Even if I download a game on my phone, can I be the best in the world?”
The forward is admittedly a huge fan of legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and was also present at the stands at the Super Bowl final where Brady, at the age of 41, bagged his sixth title.
“We’ve had a similar path being doubted when we were younger. Maybe not being the best athletes as kids,” Kane added. “Not many people thought he’d become that good or even play in the NFL and he went on to become the best ever.
“At the time, it gave me a real boost to say, look, anything is possible. If you have that self-belief and that drive and that hunger, you can do it.”