So, when your value increases, keep yourself calm and silent.
Harry Kane’s market value keeps soaring. He is currently rated as one of the best strikers in the world.
The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) valued the sale price of Tottenham Hotspur and England star Kane at £135.5m this year. This is a far cry from his market value just four years ago during his tenure at Norwich City, when he was valued at less than £5m.
Have you noticed that Kane also acts more like a gentleman these days? He is less confrontational and very calm about praises and criticisms, so much so that I’ve started calling him the “Ice Man” because he is simply unflappable.
Kane scored a hat-trick as Spurs beat Apoel Nicosia to maintain their 100% Champions League win rate this season. When Tottenham’s legend Glenn Hoddle praised Kane by saying Harry Kane can become the club’s “greatest striker,” how did the England international respond? Kane simply said: “It’s great praise. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”
His answer shows a kind of maturity that you would not normally find in many other sports stars. Maybe it is because Kane is no longer “carrying coins,” he is now spending notes… a lot of notes. Have you ever noticed that if you have a few coins in your pocket they make noise even without you touching them? But, with notes in your pocket, you are silent. It might be fair to say that as Kane increases in value, he becomes more of a gentleman.
When your value increases, you find yourself more calm and silent. But, if you are worth very little, you make a lot of noise. Try to walk a little faster or jog with a few coins in your pocket, and they will start rattling, disrupting your thoughts and making you realise their presence.
Remember the proverb: “Empty vessels make the most noise?” It’s a proverb that means that those with the least talent and knowledge usually speak the most, speak the loudest, and create the most fuss. They seize every opportunity to make their presence felt as much as possible.
There is “a time to keep silent, and a time to speak,” according to Ecclesiastes 3:7. Being quiet can be a struggle for some, but it can also be a good virtue to have. The Bible commends those who can keep the peace and listen; however, it discourages being quiet due to timidity.
It has been reported that Kane does not drink alcohol or go to nightclubs, preferring to use his free time to play golf. I am not demonising alcohol or nightclubs, neither am I glorifying the game of golf. But, a celebrity’s private life could affect their career, and it speaks volumes about who they are.
CIES’s list shows Antoine Griezmann is now valued at £132.6m. You can buy the services of Luis Suarez for £124.2m, Manchester United’s world-record-signing Paul Pogba is now valued at £118.5m, Gonzalo Higuain (£106.1m), Eden Hazard (£103.4m) and Paulo Dybala (£101.7m).
The list was compiled by the Swiss-based independent study centre from 110 footballers from Europe’s big-five leagues with an estimated value of more than €40m (£35.3m).
The current market value of Kane, the Tottenham forward suggests that his value would doubtlessly soar with time as he is only 24 years old. But one interesting thing about him is that he is cool and calm about many things. No wonder he has a disciplinary record of zero Red Cards, and only 14 Yellow Cards in the English Premier League.
You don’t have to become wealthy to control your behaviour or tongue. Remember the wise saying of Solomon: “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” (Proverbs 17:27-28).