Keisuke Honda inspired by Ronaldo

Japan star Keisuke Honda has revealed he is always striving to match Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The AC Milan and Japan has said that the Ballon d'Or winner sets a high standard for other players with his prolific goalscoring, but stresses it is not impossible for others to match him.

Honda said: "There is supposed to be a limit to how many goals one player can score but (Ronaldo) keeps knocking down those limits.

"But he's just a human being, just like me, so I don't want to say it's impossible (to reach Ronaldo's level). That's what I'm always striving for."

Honda has already scored one goal in the tournament, during his side's 4-0 drubbing of Palestine, as well as six goals so far this season for Milan. 

Ronaldo has 33 goals for Real Madrid this season. Honda's six for AC Milan might seem far off the mark, but the playmaker struggled following his switch from CSKA Moscow. He appears to have finally found his form in Serie A, and has become an integral part of Filippo Inzaghi's side.