England international Kane will be targeting his 10th strike in his 12th Champions League match, while it took Messi 23 games to get into double figures in the competition.
Messi has scored 103 Champions League goals, the second-highest total in the tournament’s history, and Kane said: “He’s set the standard. I think him and [Cristiano] Ronaldo have gone above the normal standards that other people have been set in the years gone past.
“When you’re scoring as many goals as he has — 40 or 50 a season — as a striker, I want to try to match that and do the same.
“It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has.”
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said he believed Kane could achieve that ambition.
“Harry is capable of everything,” he said. “He is showing that quality and talent in the Premier League of course.