Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Raheem Sterling is ‘already up there’ with Ronaldo and Messi. At only 24-years-old, how long will it be until he surpasses them?
Football fans of all loyalties will admit that Raheem Sterling is one of the best talents available right now. If those football fans are English, they have the privilege of supporting him in a white shirt on the international stage.
Sterling has scored six goals and gotten four assists in the four UEFA Euro Qualifier games so far. Which is not only a testament to England rapid improvement over recent years but also to the talent of the individual.
The winger seems to have developed a keen eye for goal. Looking to rival teammate Sergio Aguero on the Premier League goals tally, even resulting in a spat or two over who takes the penalties.
Upping his game
Sterling is currently on five goals, whilst Aguero tops the table on seven, in less game-time. Sterling rivalling himself against one of Europe’s best goal scorers demonstrates what kind of challenge Sterling is up for.
Many players have this sort of talent, and many others have this sort of appetite and attitude. However, when an individual excels in both their physical ability and their mentality, the concoction results in the type of players we hear about growing up. Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta, Van Persie etc.
Sterling is well on his way to becoming a player of that ilk, for he has not already. Performing on a domestic and national stage it pivotal to becoming one of the world’s greatest players, and he certainly does both.
Perhaps a good run or two in the Champions League, plus the retirement of Messi and Ronaldo, will be enough for the World to accept that Raheem Sterling is one of the best players in the game.