Raheem Sterling Profile
|Born||Dec 08, 1994|
Already a decorated player for club and country before he has entered his peak years, there should still be plenty to come from the talented Manchester City and England winger, Raheem Sterling.
Raheem Sterling currently plays for Manchester City in the Premier League. He has been with them since 2015 as he joined in a big-money transfer from Liverpool. The winger spent seven years at QPR's academy before he moved on to sign for Liverpool in 2010. Sterling made his England senior debut in 2012 and since then he has established himself as a regular for the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate.
Sterling has spent the majority of his career playing as an out-and-out winger. But as he gained more experience, he has also been operated more centrally as an attacking midfielder or striker. He is flexible as a player and he is well-known for his pace and dribbling. As his career has progressed, he has become a much more clinical goal scorer as well.
The forward has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four EFL Cup trophies while at Man City. At the end of the 2018/19 campaign, he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. For his performances that season he was also named in the PFA Team of the Year. Sterling has done a lot of work off the pitch to fight against racial discrimination. In 2019 he was named Sportsman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.
An early breakthrough at Liverpool
Sterling joined QPR when he was 10 and he impressed in his few years in their academy. He subsequently attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. But in February 2010 he joined Liverpool in a deal that could rise to $2.6m based on appearances.
He first broke into the first team at the end of the 2011/12 season as he made three substitute appearances in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers took over as manager of Liverpool in June 2012, and Sterling became a regular that season under the new boss.
Sterling made 36 senior appearances in all competitions, which included 19 starts in the Premier League. He was involved in eight league goals in a steady first season for Rodgers, as they finished seventh.
The 2013/14 season proved to be a big breakout season for Sterling. He struck up a great partnership with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the Reds came close to winning the Premier League. They would dramatically fall away at the final hurdle, but this was the season Sterling announced himself to English football with nine goals and seven assists from his 33 league outings.
Sterling had one more season at Liverpool, as he ended 2014/15 as the club's Young Player of the Year for the second successive year. He was involved in 15 goals from 35 Premier League outings.
At the back end of the season, Sterling entered a contract dispute with the club, with him refusing to sign with his heart set on a move away. He turned down a new deal and handed in a transfer request, which eventually led to his move to Man City that summer.
Moving to Manchester City
Liverpool and Man City were going back and forth during the summer of 2015 for Sterling. City had an initial $39m bid rejected, but they eventually reached Liverpool's asking price and signed Sterling for $58m plus $6.6m in add-ons. This deal made Sterling the most expensive ever English player at the time.
Sterling enjoyed a steady first year for City, which was highlighted by him scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Bournemouth in October 2015. City won the EFL Cup in his debut season, as he got 11 goals and 10 assists from 47 outings.
Pep Guardiola took over as manager ahead of the 2016/17 season. Under him, Sterling's career has hit new heights. City finished the season with no trophies, but Sterling played a big part as he got 10 goals and 20 assists from 47 appearances in all competitions.
Sterling and City enjoyed a fantastic season in 2017/18, as they finished with a record breaking 100 points to win the Premier League. They also won the EFL Cup once again, and Sterling played a massive part with 23 goals and 17 assists as his game was reaching whole new levels under Guardiola.
The winger carried on this immense form into 2018/19 to help City to the domestic treble by retaining the Premier League and EFL Cup before they beat Watford 6-0 to win the FA Cup. Sterling again was a key figure for goals and assists, as he was involved in 43 goals from 51 outings in all competitions. For these showings he was given the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.
The 2019/20 campaign was not as successful for City, as Liverpool won the Premier League title comfortably. But they won the EFL Cup once again, and it was Sterling's best goal scoring season to date. He got 31 in all competitions, which was helped by him getting hat tricks against West Ham, Atalanta and Brighton.
In the following 2020/21 season, Manchester City reclaimed their crown, finishing top eight points ahead of rivals, Manchester United. Sterling ended the campaign with 10 goals and eight assists to his name.
Raheem Sterling and England
Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica, so he was eligible to play internationally for them. But with him spending the majority of his life in England, it is understandable that he would choose to play for the Three Lions.
He represented England at every youth level from U-16s to U-21s between 2009 and 2013. The winger was capped eight times for the U-21s between 2012 and 2013, as he also scored three goals. In the middle of this, Roy Hodgson handed Sterling his senior debut in November 2012. From May 2014 onwards, Sterling became a regular starter for England's senior team.
Sterling played in all three of England's group games at the 2014 World Cup. This was a wretched tournament for The Three Lions, as they lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew to Costa Rica to be knocked out at the group stage. He was a regular starter at both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup under Hodgson and Southgate. But he failed to make much of an impact, as he has failed to score at a major international tournament so far.
In October 2019, England travelled to face Bulgaria in a game overshadowed by Sterling being the recipient of racial abuse from home supporters. This fuelled him on as he scored a brace as the Three Lions won 6-0. He won his 50th England cap aged just 25.
In the semi-final against Denmark, Sterling played a pivotal role in England's equaliser, forcing Danish captain, Simon Kjaer, into a challenge that resulted in an own-goal.
Sterling was brought up in a household with strong Christian values, which has been held by him throughout his life. While he was still in Jamaica, his father was murdered when he was just two years old. He relocated to London with his mother, Nadine Clarke, when he was aged five.
In 2012, his first child was born. Sterling has been in a long-term relationship with Paige Milian. They are now engaged after he proposed in March 2018. Paige gave birth to their son Thiago in January 2017.
After the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, Sterling made a significant donation to help the families of those affected by the disaster. Throughout his career, he has been a key figure in the fight against racism in football. In doing so, the 'bad boy' image he wrongly had early into his career is no longer there. His commitment to his family and battle against racism has led him to be one of the most respected players in the modern game.
Reported net worth
It is believed that as a result of his wages for City and sponsorship deals, he is worth around $36m. It is also said that he is currently earning $390k a week for Manchester City as he extended his contract with the club in 2018 to expire in 2025. This contract sees him earn roughly $20m per year.
Sterling is represented by Colossal Sports Management. He is their most high-profile player, but they also work with English duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. In 2012 shortly after breaking through for Liverpool, he signed a sponsorship deal with Nike. He has been with them ever since, but in 2020 he was linked with a switch to New Balance, though that has not come to fruition.
In 2020 Sterling became the face of well-known shaving product, Gillette. In February this year, he featured in an advert which had the tag of 'Raheem Sterling Made of What matters'. This campaign has been used to inspire young men to follow in Sterling's footsteps and be positive versions of themselves.