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Name Raheem Sterling
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc A genuine superstar in the making, Sterling has hit new heights in the past two seasons. His contributions both with and without the ball have proved vital at Manchester City, and have similarly injected a sense of energy and purpose into England’s frontline. And at 24, he’s only going to get better

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
  Liverpool FC

Relationship

Agent Aidy Ward

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling shows his coach’s age, with the goal having been scored more than 13 years before the young England international was born] I didn’t understand what the gaffer said when I was first told about it. But then I typed both names into Google, so now I know

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling on why he shaved his head] I wasn’t scoring for a few games, so I thought, ‘Let me just change it up’, and I’ve scored. As soon as I cut this I was ill for a few days, but now I’m sticking with it for a while

2015 04 04 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling on rejecting Liverpool’s contact offer] I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. It is about winning trophies throughout your career – I don’t talk about how many cars I will drive or how many houses I’ve got

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling recalls making his World Cup debut against Italy at Brazil 2014 in Manaus] I remember the game like it was no time ago. It was a massive game for me – I just thought to myself: ‘If only my dad was here’. I wish my dad could have been there but he passed away. So to myself I said: ‘I need to play well for him because he’s never been at a football match. He’s never seen me on a football pitch’. So I wanted to win that game and we never won in the end but it was an alright performance from me. I was just so determined to do well

2018 10 20 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling talking after ending his England goal drought] It was beautiful feeling. I put a lot of pressure on myself to get in the box and score goals and it’s my position to score goals so I need to keep going. It meant a lot, it’s been three years without scoring so it meant a lot

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling speaks about the perception of him in the media] From the very start of my career, there has been a perception of a flashy kid from London: loves cars, loves the flashy lifestyle. I’m not saying I’m a saint or anything, but that is the complete opposite of who I am. [Fans] do not know me. They will define me by what they read about me; that is how they will treat me. When people are making the public believe you are a character you aren’t, that is hurtful, and it is degrading

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling admits that a spell outside of England forms part of his future plans] Looking at it now it’s like, Manchester, I love it. I love it here. This is one of the best clubs in the world and I’m here for the long haul. But you just don’t know what happens in the future. I’m still young and, like I say, I am loving every minute. Ever since I was a kid, 100 per cent it’s always been a dream of mine to play abroad somewhere. It would be nice one day to finish training and go home and sit in your garden and eat some dinner.

[Pressed on whether the Bundesliga could be an option] Not really – the language barrier. It sounds very difficult. Spanish sounds like… ‘Hola! Raheem!’ I feel that one I can definitely catch on. I hear Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan talking and sometimes I think they’re having me on. I’m like, ‘You lot are not speaking to each other’. That’s not a language I could do

2019 07 02b Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling admits to having experienced a career low at Manchester City. He concedes that he found the going tough] Probably my first season at City, purely because I came in excited for my move here and then it went from ‘This kid is going to be the next whatever’ and before making a mark I was written off. I was the golden boy six, seven, eight months before that, a big-money move, and it’s kind of switched without even hitting a ball. Before I’ve even done anything it’s just ‘He’s not good enough’. I was like, what’s going on?

[Sterling has learned from that experience, saying when asked if the criticism had got to him] At first it did because I was 19, it was my first time as a professional football player and it’s a learning curve. Now you can say or do what you want and I wouldn’t take it in

[The England star said of his club boss Pep Guardiola] He’s demanding, but it’s good. It makes you want to do better and – I don’t know how to explain this – makes you want to prove to him and show him every time you go on the field you’re playing for your position in his team, because of the numbers we have and the quality we have as well

[Sterling is also benefitting from having so-called leaders around him at Man City] On the pitch, we’re not a shouting team, like, ‘Come on, guys’. The team is super relaxed in the dressing room, so chilled. There’s not a lot of shouting. Vinny, of course, the skipper, Fernandinho. But not everyone in the dressing room is shouting. We’re more chilled and when we get out on the pitch we do the talking

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling is hoping that Pep Guardiola will continue to pick him at Manchester City] The biggest difference is that every season, the competition gets tougher, the level gets raised and that’s one of the best things here – that it’s always a high tempo. You’re always learning and competing on all fronts with other players for your position. The manager sets a high standard and it’s down to us as players to match that and try and put out our best. Hopefully the manager will put me on the pitch! I’ll try to get some minutes. It’s an important time for us – we have to get ready and get fit for the new season. That’s the most important thing – to try to get my fitness up and hopefully, I’ll score some goals

2019 07 23b Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling may, however, upset some Man City fans with his latest revelation regarding the clubs he uses on FIFA] Usually Paris Saint-Germain, and I shouldn’t say this, but Liverpool.

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling says he was happy to see former club Liverpool win the Champions League last season, but maintains winning the Premier League again is his main priority this season] I was really happy for Liverpool, happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League. What we’ve done last season - every day, week in, week out - was exceptional. The Champions League is massive for us as a club but our most important thing is winning the Premier League. That’s our main objective going into this season. The Premier League is your bread and butter. The Champions League is the nicer-looking one, the most prestigious as people say, but every weekend you put in a shift. You’re going to tough places … you’re off to Crystal Palace, Burnley, it’s tough, you know. You put so much time into it. That’s why we cherish it. It’ll be harder than last season. To do this three times in a row is a massive challenge for us. Liverpool, all these big clubs, will try to take titles off us. But there isn’t any player here who thinks they’re at their best. There are no egos in our changing room, no player who thinks he’s Pele or Maradona

[That was a point underlined after last season’s FA Cup final. City beat Watford 6-0 with Sterling scoring twice] I don’t know how to explain it … you see clips of him talking to you but it’s not like that every day! It’s one incident where he’s speaking to me. He talks to us as a group. You learn. If you don’t learn, you don’t play. It’s not like he’s sat there in a room with a pen and paper writing things down on what I should do. People will be judging me from now on, so every season I have to get better. If you don’t want to improve yourself then there is nothing Pep can do to help. He sets such high standards and it rubs off. That has improved me the most: the standards he sets. It makes sure I don’t fall from mine

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling has taken teenage sensation Jadon Sancho under his wing as the Borussia Dortmund winger navigates the complicated world of being a young footballer in 2019] Even when I was getting a lot of negative stuff, I was never going to sit there and be someone I’m not. I talk how I talk. I’d like people to accept me for who I am and they do now. I’m really grateful. If there is anything that I feel could put Jadon in a bad light, I make sure I pull him up on it. He’s a good kid. He’s doing a lot more off the field than I was at that age in terms of his preparation work. I’m quite close with [teenage midfielder] Ian Poveda at City. It’s a similar story: from London, came up north. He’s always sat next to me on the coach. He’s a bit annoying at times, I tell him that every day! He’s my little friend, I try to give him advice. I let him have a feel for things himself but if I do see something I’ll go over

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling has played down the possibility of succeeding Vincent Kompany as Manchester City captain next season] It’s not something that I’m fussed about really. It has to be natural, you can’t force it. I’m not going to start shouting on the pitch now Vinny’s gone. Your team-mates have to see you in that light. The manager and us as players will make the right choice. We’ve got a lot of good candidates here. David Silva has been here for God knows how long – he’s been in the country longer than I have! There is Kevin, Dinho, we have a lot of players who can fill it

[The England winger does, however, acknowledge his responsibilities as a senior member of the Man City squad] People do ask me a lot of questions for an opinion. I’m developing and maturing and people around the club can see that. I do have quite a say in the changing room and they do ask my opinion

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Chelsea ban supporter for life over racial abuse allegations after Raheem Sterling incident] The club delayed reaching its decision in these cases in order to ensure that it did not prejudice the related police investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service has, however, recently announced that it has elected not to initiate any criminal prosecutions. This allowed the club to conduct its own investigation, which included seeking representations from the individuals concerned, reviewing video evidence, interviewing potential witnesses and obtaining expert opinions from two lip reading professionals. All individuals sanctioned as a result of our investigation were then offered the right to appeal and, where applicable, those appeals have been heard

We understand that this incident has been the subject of discussion amongst supporters, and the club appreciates that emotions can run high during matches. However, in this case the behaviour of all six individuals crossed the line of what is acceptable. Furthermore, in the case of the supporter who was found by the club to have used racially abusive language, there is no place for this behaviour at Stamford Bridge and a permanent exclusion was the appropriate sanction. Given the particular circumstances of this case, the club did not consider that attendance at an education course in return for a reduced sanction would have been appropriate

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling says the correct use of VAR in Manchester City’s crushing win over West Ham negated the frustration over foiled goal celebrations] It’s a bit difficult during the game because you want the goal to stand. But at the end of the day, as long as the decision is right, that’s all that matters

[The 24-year-old believes his superb start is the product of a dedicated focus on finishing in training] It’s something I’m trying to improve on. With the players we’ve got here - Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez - there’s competition in training every day. It’s just a joy to put the ball in the back of the net and everyone here is trying to do that to help the team. It was quite difficult in the first half to get the cobwebs off. The breathing was heavy so some of the touches were sloppy, but once the team got into a rhythm you can find the passes easier and once that second goal went in things went a lot smoother and a lot more chances came

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[The pair have stayed close since Jadon Sancho’s Etihad exit in 2017 and Sterling is not surprised of the progress his former club-mate has made since moving to the Bundesliga] When he first mentioned to me he was thinking about going abroad, even though he was a City player, I was happy to hear that from him. I knew he had a massive chance to go on to do big things. I’m just really happy to see him doing so well. He’s doing massive things and I hope he stays level headed and keeps working and keeps learning

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling say it is time for society to grow up and stamp out racism amid the ongoing abuse directed at players] It’s easy to say what happens next but there’s a lot of people behind a computer screen. Those are the ones that are disappointing and feel they can get away with stuff like this. We are in 2019 and we’re still talking about this. I can’t say I have the answer to stop it but as a society we need to nail down on this. The people doing it need to wake up and understand it’s a new era and discrimination is not something anybody should face. We need to grow up as a society and realise we’re only out here doing our jobs. We are human beings and we have feelings. It’s a touchy subject but I can’t tell you I’ve got the exact answer. But as a society we need to do better and appreciate each other more

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling acknowledges he cannot be compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo until he has performed at the highest level for a number of seasons] The most remarkable thing about these players is not that they’ve been doing it for two or three seasons. They’ve been doing it for pretty much their whole career, season after season. This is my third season at a high level, I would say, and I just have to keep continuing. I have full belief in myself. I have goals and they’ve been goals of mine since I was a child, and I’ll keep thriving and keep learning and try to get all the way to the top, for sure

[Sterling had scored just twice for his country prior to visiting Spain last October] When I first put on the England shirt, I wasn’t looking at my stats too much. It wasn’t until I saw how bad they were I put extra pressure on myself to score. But I said to myself that once my first goal goes in, I know that the goals will come after that. That’s all I was waiting for. That night in Spain when I scored two, from then I knew I’d kick on and keep scoring goals

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling has defended his Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva, after the Portugal forward attracted controversy for a tweet directed at City left-back Benjamin Mendy] It’s a situation that no one needs at this moment in time. It’s a situation between two friends, Bernardo and Mendy. I can see exactly the point where some people can get touchy-feely on it, but I feel in that situation, Bernardo made a joke to his friend, you know? He’s not referred to his skin colour, he’s not referred to his lips, you know, in both pictures … they’ve both got small heads! The most important thing for me, he didn’t refer to colour. We all know, everyone can see that Mendy is a black lad. We’ve got to be proud to be black as well, if someone refers to our skin colour with an image, you can’t really be upset about it. We know what skin colour we are. He hasn’t referred to his colour, that’s the most important thing I feel about the situation

[After suffering abuse throughout his career, the 24-year-old has led the conversation about racism in English football] It’s really sad to see someone like Bernardo, the whole week being kind of down about it because he’s not that way inclined. They’re two really good friends and it’s really sad to see. I can understand where the criticism has come, but I don’t feel it’s in any way intentional of trying to be racist. It’s not because it’s my team-mates, it’s just the way I view it. I don’t feel there’s any racism in it. But I can exactly see the point where people are coming from and Bernardo’s deeply sorry about it. He’s not in the wrong for me, but at the same time, I can see why people think it’s wrong.

We’ve just got to be smarter on social media because we understand in this day and age, anything you say or do can quickly be judged and it’s just a really sad situation. The sooner the better that the FA can understand that this was in no way intentional discrimination. There’s not one moment that he uses a negative term to speak about his skin colour. He tried to make a joke, it wasn’t the best one but we’ve got to move on and understand it wasn’t intentional

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling has said he wants to see Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden join him in the England squad soon] Players that we have here, you have to read the game and the goals will come. I am buzzing for Phil and I want him in the national team, if he keeps going he will be there

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been charged by the Football Association after the Portuguese posted a controversial tweet involving team-mate Benjamin Mendy in September. Raheem Sterling, a figurehead for raising awareness in the fight against racism, also spoke about the incident] I can see exactly the point where some people can get touchy-feely on it, but I feel in that situation, Bernardo made a joke to his friend, you know? He’s not referred to his skin colour, he’s not referred to his lips, you know, in both pictures … they’ve both got small heads!

The most important thing for me, he didn’t refer to colour. We all know, everyone can see that Mendy is a black lad. We’ve got to be proud to be black as well, if someone refers to our skin colour with an image, you can’t really be upset about it. We know what skin colour we are. He hasn’t referred to his colour, that’s the most important thing I feel about the situation

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling says that England’s front three could be special but they need to do so in big games at tournaments to be considered great] I think that there are a lot of great front threes in the world. I think with the players you mention, they’re all players that are still getting better, still learning, but at the same time are producing as well, so it’s an exciting front three, but you know, we’ve got to do it in big games, big tournaments. That’s when we’ll be judged if we’re a great front three or not

[For him, the prospect of international glory is never off his mind] It’s something you think of all the time, especially coming so close in the World Cup and having such a good run as a team. I think we’re developing and we’re kind of getting that winning mentality. The Nations League was a bit disappointing, but we’ve got another chance now and I feel that a lot of the players don’t just want to be involved in tournaments and finish in the quarter-finals and say that was a good run, or the semi-finals. I’d say every single player, and the manager, all want to go into tournaments with the thought of winning it. It will be a difficult task but it’s definitely something that we all dream of winning

[The Manchester City man has won back-to-back Premier Leagues plus last season’s FA Cup, and he believes performing when not at your best is key to success] You know, there will be games when our attack is not quite up to scratch but we’ve got to grind out a result and wait for a key moment in the game, which will be a set-piece, and score that

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Sterling targeting Messi-esque return of 40 goals for Man City] I scored 25 goals last season and you know there is no point coming into this season to be happy to score less. We won the Premier League last year and every year you have got to look to do better than your last. This year is no different, those are the numbers (40) if you want to be regarded as the best, you have got to produce

2019 10 11cb Retrieve

[The front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho have been particularly impressive. However, Sterling is of the belief that they have not yet reached the level of other world-class trios] I think that there are a lot of great front threes in the world. They’re all players that are still getting better, still learning, but at the same time are producing as well, so it’s an exciting front three, but you know, we’ve got to do it in big games, big tournaments. That’s when we’ll be judged if we’re a great front three or not

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[England’s players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday night’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia] Feeling sorry for Bulgaria to be represented by such idiots in their stadium. Anyway.. 6-0 and we go back home, at least we did our job. Safe travel to our fans, u guys did well

2019 10 19 Retrieve

I believe people understand me now – they can see the truth and ignore what they have heard about me previously. They see that I’m a person who only wants to do the best for the national team

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling admits he would need to net 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years to get near Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] Messi’s one of a kind. Bro, if I’m scoring 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years, then you can talk to me about that – right now, don’t talk to me about Ronaldo or Messi! I don’t want to hear that connection. I’m not saying I don’t value myself, but those are two guys who have been doing it for 15 years. That’s not heard of: 40, 50, 60 goals for 15 years

[Sterling has positioned himself on an upward career curve and is already being talked about as a potential Golden Ball winner of the future] There’s a long process to go for that. But I’m developing and I want to get my numbers better every single year. If I’m doing that in 10 or 15 years’ time, then OK, maybe. But it’s early days

2019 10 22b Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling was not fully satisfied with his hat-trick performance on Tuesday, as the Manchester City star admitted that he should have scored four against Atalanta] It was difficult with them going man for man, it was tough to get space. But we had to stay patient, wait for a chance and take them when they came,. I should have had four. They put me through and I was looking to put one on a plate for Riyad Mahrez. But I went through and should have finished it

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has admitted that he initially found it hard to return to Liverpool, but on Sunday he is ready to help Pep Guardiola’s side to victory on Merseyside] At first it was hard going back but now it’s time to go there and produce. It was weird at first, to see yourself in a different shirt and, against a club that’s done so much for you. It’s also emotional. Now I’ve got past that stage. It’s gone. It was a little thing but I’m now fully focused and fully ready

[Sterling, who has seven goals and an assist in 10 Premier League outings this season, maintains confidence in their ability to record just a second Anfield victory since 1981] When we operate to our best as a team, attacking and defensively, then we are frightening. We just need to go there and play confidently. We know they are a good team but we are also a good team and we will give it everything. I see this as a game where you need to simply focus on your individual performances first and the collective performances. The rest will take care of itself. I think we have had difficult times there as a team but last season we went there and could have got the win at the end

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling admitted emotions got the better of him in a bust-up with Joe Gomez, but the England star is moving on after being dropped] First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me! Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point … both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on. are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me. We move [sic] this is why we play this sport because of our love for it – me and @joegomez5 are good we both understand it was a 5-10 second thing it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is. Let’s get focus [sic] on our game on Thursday

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling slams England fans for Joe Gomez boos] To all the England fans, I wanted to leave things at it was but tonight I have to speak again. It was hard for me to see my team-mate get booed for something that was my fault. Joe hasn’t done anything wrong and for me to see someone who keeps his head down and works hard especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong. I’ve taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this, get home safe everyone

[England boss Gareth Southgate also registered his unhappiness with the treatment of Gomez] No England players should ever be booed when they are wearing the shirt, ever. I don’t get it. So all of the players are particularly disappointed with that

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Sterling reflects on ‘wake-up call’ as he targets end to goal drought against Man Utd] It was a subject I kept hearing after games; that I don’t score enough and I’m not good enough in front of goal. When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief. It’s a shift in mentality: in the dressing room I’d always think: ‘What am I going to do to the right back today - shall I nutmeg him? Maybe a step over?’. But now it’s a straight mentality of trying to score and where a goal can come from

[Third-placed City face an immense challenge in retaining their Premier League title] It’s one that none of us at the club are happy with but it’s happening now. We’ve got to keep focused and keep the belief - even if the manager doesn’t say it. It’s a long season and they are far ahead, credit to them, but it’s the Premier League. That’s why we’ve got to be prepared and ready as there’s some tricky games ahead for them. We’ve just got to keep focused and win our games to be with a shout if they do slip up

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[When asked if he is bothered by his dismal record against United] No and yes. Firstly, no, because I didn’t take scoring seriously, but yes because now I do. To see that stat that I haven’t scored in 16 games against them, it’s a wake-up call. I won’t put pressure on myself and will play my game looking with an eye to score. I’ll be taking a lot more shots than I usually do

When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief

2019 12 07b Retrieve

[Sterling impressed by Man Utd’s fighting spirit with Man City wary of Rashford threat] The last couple of games I have seen them they have been very intense. They’re fighting for their manager, their team and their football club and that’s really great to see when squad players fight for the shirt, and that’s what they’re doing. Their front line is their biggest threat. They’ve got Marcus [Rashford] up front who’s a real hazard in and around the box

[Sterling is still yet to find the net in any game against Manchester United] I look forward to changing that stat this weekend. We all know who Manchester United are as a club. They’re going through a transitional period but they play some great football at times. They’ve played against the big teams this season and got results out of those games so we know it will always be a difficult game and this time is no different

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling insists his impressive goal tally this season will ‘not mean anything’ if Manchester City fail to win any silverware] It would not mean anything without silverware and then I’ll be happy with my goal tally after that. Every competition we’re trying to compete in. It’s not just the Premier League, which I know that looks out of reach but we’re looking to get to finals in this, the FA Cup and even the Champions League

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Manchester City fan given five-year ban for racist Sterling abuse] The people doing it need to wake up and understand it’s a new era and discrimination is not something anybody should face. We need to grow up as a society and realise we’re only out here doing our jobs. We are human beings and we have feelings

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling: Real Madrid a fantastic club but I’m happy at Manchester City] It’s one of those things. Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for - it’s massive. But, at the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club

[Rumours of their interest], it’s something that you see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying it at the moment, even if things haven’t gone quite planned in the league. We now have a massive opportunity in the Champions League. I keep saying Real Madrid is a fantastic club, there’s lovely weather, but I keep saying that I am quite happy at City

[Speculation has grown over the future of a City squad without Champions League football but Sterling, whose contract runs until 2023, appears hopeful the appeal can be successful] It’s something we don’t know much about yet because it’s something that has not been confirmed. The club has a long way to go and we just have to wait and see what happens, but I have full confidence in the club

2020 02 21b Retrieve

[Sterling says Man City don’t get same respect as Liverpool due to lack of individual awards] Especially in the last year where we have won the domestic quadruple including the league, to not have a player winning PFA Player of the Year kind of speaks for itself really. The award was given to a Liverpool player [Virgil van Dijk] who had a fantastic season but I look at previous seasons as well when Yaya Toure scored 20 goals from midfield and he didn’t win Player of the Year. Also, Sergio Aguero has been at the club for more than seven years and has scored unbelievable goals during this time, yet none of City’s players have won it

It is impossible to win the league four times and none of the players were Player of the Year. So, this year Liverpool win the league and a Liverpool player will win the Player of the Year for sure. We won the league four times and we were not treated with the same respect. The first year we won the league [under Guardiola], Kevin De Bruyne was unbelievable and they gave it to another player [N’Golo Kante]. Every year we win a major trophy and it’s given to an opposition player. It’s that sort of thing that doesn’t depend on us, but we keep going

2020 02 21c Retrieve

[Sterling leaves door open for Real Madrid move but remains committed to Man City for now] It’s one of those things […] Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. But Real Madrid are a fantastic club, when you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive. But at the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club

It’s something that you see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying it at the moment, even if things haven’t gone quite to plan in the league. We now have a massive opportunity in the Champions League but I keep saying, Real Madrid is a fantastic club, there’s lovely weather but I am quite happy at City

[Pressed on whether he would welcome that opportunity] How do I answer that one? Is the camera live or is it just taking pictures? No one knows what the future will hold. I am a player and I am always open to challenges but right now my challenge is at Manchester City. In the future, hopefully, who knows

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling reveals his eight-year-old daughter and Liverpool fan Melody Rose teases him by singing Mohamed Salah chants] She has my sort of personality and she likes to banter and chant Mo Salah’s songs to me. She knows the rivalry between Liverpool and the team that I play for so she’s always singing their songs and trying to wind me up but that’s just her personality

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling says Manchester City are fully focused on completing a treble] The league has been difficult. We won one title so far and we’re still in the running for two more so we we’re fully focused and ready to do the business. We just have to keep focused and that’s what we’ve done here. It’s so hard to [win it] for three years on the bounce and that’s what we have done - we just need to keep going and winning trophies

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[When quizzed on Real’s supposed interest in him] It’s one of those things … Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. But Real Madrid are a fantastic club, when you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Sterling addresses 11-game goal drought] It happens. Before January I was at 20 goals, after I haven’t scored yet but I’m five goals away from beating my record from last season and so confident I will be able to do it. At first I wasn’t taking in that I hadn’t scored against [United] and then the last two years I have known the record and have started to think about it too much. Now I am not thinking about it. I know I am going to get a moment

The Premier League, the bread and butter, fair play to Liverpool - they have been better than everyone. I wouldn’t say we gave up - we weren’t consistent enough for long enough. We didn’t purposely give away the title.

It is always nice to get a trophy. Now it is the business end and we have a lot to fight for. We are one trophy down and confident we can go to do major things this season. It is just as special as always. If you are not winning trophies you will finish the season very disappointed. Our motivation is to win every trophy we are involved in. We can finish in the top four and win the other two cups. It could still be a successful season

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling has warned Liverpool to be ready for a massive reaction from the Etihad side next season] Liverpool have been far better than everyone in the league and have been consistent, that is why they are top of the league. We have been slacking, we haven’t kept our standards that we know we can keep to. From now to the end of the season we have to try and win every single game and whatever happens, happens. It’s in Liverpool’s hands and that’s it. We won the league twice in a row. Liverpool are winning, leading at this point in time. But I’m pretty sure that come the end of the season our boys will go away and come back again very hurt if they do pick up the league, and we will be up and running for next season for sure. It will be a massive reaction

A really important moment in our season was when Gabriel Jesus scored the winner against Tottenham and it got disallowed by VAR. Little things like that take their toll. We scored a lot of late goals in our first title-winning season, it started in the third game against Bournemouth where I scored the winner, and it built momentum through the season and kept happening. We had the belief that we could win games because we had done it so many times, we didn’t rush things because we knew we could win, and we knew we could get a chance. We haven’t been at our best this season for sure, but there have been little things that haven’t quite been the slice of luck

2020 03 26 Retrieve

[In a recent Q&A session on Instagram, Sterling refused to rule out a return to Liverpool in the future] Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool. Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that did a lot for me growing up so…

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Sterling recently revealed that he still has fond memories of his time at Anfield and would not close the door on a second spell on Merseyside] Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool. Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that did a lot for me growing up so …

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Man City star Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want] I am a shirt collector but I don’t put any shirts on my wall as of yet. I don’t like people coming into my house and knowing I am a football player. I like to keep my house family orientated. But for sure when I do finish football and settle somewhere I’ll have all the shirts - hopefully many shirts to choose from - and pick my favourites that I played against and do a room of trophies and football shirts. There’s only one I really want and that’s a Messi shirt - when we played Barcelona I got a Neymar shirt, I think that’s the first shirt I ever asked for

2020 04 24b Retrieve

[Sterling vows to step up to lethal level with Manchester City] I’d say probably about 15 goals off where I want to be, so those are the targets: to try to create good numbers, but not just numbers to have numbers. At the end of the day you want to have trophies to back up that season because 10 years from now, you can score a lot of goals, but if I can’t look back at those goals being important for my team and having a great value then those goals were pointless. It’s one of those - [you want] to try to contribute as much as I can but at the end of the season have medals to show for it

We’ve still got another level to go. In my time at City, the most important thing I’ve learned is the value of winning. Before, if I won a game it was good, but if I lost a game you’re disappointed but it doesn’t burn you as much. But if we lose one game in 15 at Manchester City you wouldn’t like to be in the dressing room - it’s like the worst thing in the world’s happened. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned since I’ve been there and it’s something that I definitely carry with me, not just in football but in anything I do - that winning mentality.

That’s the number one thing I’ve taken from him

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Man City star Sterling admits Gerrard was the first player he was in awe of] Probably when I was 17, 18, 19 I was in awe [of great players]. [When I was young, I looked up to] Ronaldinho. If you check my history on YouTube, I think I’ve watched every single clip of his playing career. He was a player that I used to go in the garden to try to recreate but it could never be done. I tried it to the best of my ability, but he was something special. Steven Gerrard was the first person I felt a bit in awe of – I couldn’t believe I was standing in front of him but not now, it’s just strictly business: ‘I need to beat your team’ and it’s as simple as that. I think they are great players and everything but I don’t really dwell on that anymore.

[Social distancing rules have been introduced in a bid to contain the spread of the illness] It’s been weird but we are well – the family is well, the kids are well. It’s another opportunity to be with the family. A lot of time, we’re on the road so it gives us an opportunity to be there and take the leading role in the house and give the missus a rest for once! At first, I didn’t have a structure in place when we first started because I didn’t know what was going on exactly but I have to be ready and keep myself fit, while at the same time having the afternoon off to have some time learning and studying with the kids, trying to balance it out in the right way. Everyone is well

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling says he is concerned about what the worst outcome could be if the Premier League returns before it is safe] The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees. I don’t know how that’s going to work, but I feel like once that side of the people’s safety and the players’ safety is secured and their wellbeing is looked after then that’s the right time to go back in. Until then, I’m… how can I say… not scared but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. At the same time I’m looking forward to it and I really want to get back but hopefully it will all be well when we do get back

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Sterling insist players need time to prepare for competitive football] You can’t come back in [to playing matches] with one and a half weeks, two weeks [training]. You need a full four or five weeks. Especially if you’re going back into competition, you’re not playing friendlies, you’re playing to win and it’s going to count for something. You do need that preparation, definitely, you can’t just go straight back into it.

2020 05 17b Retrieve

[Manchester City star Sterling in talks over ambassador role to combat racism] Even after I said what I said I have seen a lot more players, voicing their opinions and shedding light on the situation. It’s one of those where we have to be all together, it should not be an individual thing to do. This is something we have to do as a collective to get our voices heard. Since then we have been pushing. I do have a few more meetings with the league about an ambassador role. It’s one of those where we’re gradually getting there but it’s not something that gets fixed overnight, but we’ll keep pushing and keep trying

I always try to use a negative and make it into a positive, but when I started to get things about materialistic things that we’re being referred back to me and people labelling me, that’s what upset me. I don’t have a problem with you talking about my football, if I had a good game or bad game, that doesn’t bother me, of course I want to have a good game and if I don’t have a good game I will be upset. But at the same time, it felt like a constant attack for no valid reason. At times I was really, really low. I’m a person that I would even say stuff to my mum or my girlfriend but I take it in and just keep moving. I just thought to myself: ‘if I know how much it’s affecting me, in terms of the wordings that people are using to basically put me in a group of people, what would happen to a 17-year-old kid that’s not probably as mentally as strong as I was?’

With football over here, a lot [is about] your personal life. Everyone just wants to have an easy life - a smooth, sailing ship and not really have any commotion. I think this is one of the reasons that triggers a lot of players to not just say stuff. I feel that if it is actually something you really, truly do believe in, it’s one of those that you do need to speak up and let your voice to be heard. What happens in the next five-10 years or 10-15 years? Is this going to continue to carry on? I always refer back to a 17-year-old me when I think about stuff like this is. If I was 17 again, what would I like to happen? That’s all I try to do

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Sterling says Racism the only disease we are fighting right now] I know this might sound a little bit cheesy but the only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting. This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years. Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it. At the same time, this is what all these protesters are doing. They are trying to find a solution and a way to stop the injustice they are seeing, and they are fighting for their cause. As long as they are doing it peacefully and safely and not hurting anybody and not breaking into any stores, they continue to protest in this peaceful way

[The England international says he does not fear putting his career at risk by speaking out about the issue and warned that protesting can only go so far] I don’t really think about my job when things like this happen, I think about what’s right There’s only so much communities and other backgrounds can take – especially black people. It’s been going on for hundreds of years and people are tired and people are ready for change. This is something that needs more than just talking. We need to actually implement change and highlight the places that do need changes. But this is something that I will continue to do, spark these debates and get people in my industry looking at themselves and thinking what they can do to give people an equal chance in this country

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Sterling calls for more minority coaches and executives at the top level] The coaching staff that you see around football clubs: there’s Steven Gerrard, your Frank Lampards, your Sol Campbells and your Ashley Coles. All had great careers, all played for England. At the same time, they’ve all respectfully done their coaching badges to coach at the highest level and the two that haven’t been given the right opportunities are the two black former players. The change is being able to speak to people in Parliament, people at the hierarchy at my football club, football clubs across the country, people at the national team of England, to implement change and give equal chances to not just black coaches but also different ethnicities

Give black coaches, not just coaches but people in their respective fields, the right opportunity. I feel like that’s what’s lacking here, it’s not just taking the knee, it is about giving people the chance they deserve. There’s something like 500 players in the Premier League and a third of them are black and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy, no representation of us in the coaching staffs. There’s not a lot of faces that we can relate to and have conversations with. When there’s someone from a black background I can go to in the FA with a problem I have within the club, that will be when I know change is happening and not just in my field, also in Parliament. Once we do see those numbers shifting, that’s when I’ll be happy and the people will be happy

[Sterling, meanwhile, says its important for these conversations to continue going forward, even after the worldwide protests die down] The protest is a great starting point, to make your voice be heard. But just protesting alone is not going to make a change in this country. It’s how we move on from here. It’s about highlighting things, the society that needs changing, and then acting upon it. We’ve done a lot of talking, and it’s time now to act

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling on Racism] I know this might sound a little bit cheesy but the only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting. This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years. Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it. At the same time, this is what all these protesters are doing. They are trying to find a solution and a way to stop the injustice they are seeing, and they are fighting for their cause. As long as they are doing it peacefully and safely and not hurting anybody and not breaking into any stores, they continue to protest in this peaceful way.

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Face masks, fan-cams and flag-adorned stands: Premier League embraces its ‘new normal’] The first 10 minutes, we were getting used to the atmosphere. We expected it to be weird

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling will head to Chelsea on Thursday night with a Black Lives Matter badge prominently printed on his Manchester City shirt] It was a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen, it shows we’re going in the right direction. It shows we’re achieving change. It was natural and organic.

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Sterling’s shooting boots return in time to finally bury Reds hoodoo] It was weird at first, to see yourself in a different shirt and, against a club that’s done so much for you. It’s also emotional. But now I have matured past that and feel I have had some good games against them. Now I’ve got past that stage. It’s gone. It was a little thing but I’m now fully focused and fully ready

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling targeting FA Cup and Champions League glory with Manchester City] It is difficult seeing Liverpool take the title from us, but they have been brilliant all year. They have been fantastic and deserved to win the league. [The Liverpool game] was just another game, but it was a chance to finish high. In the Premier League we need to win all our games and finish on a high in the FA Cup and the Champions League. Hopefully we can finish with an FA Cup final and a Champions League final. We are a team that missed out on the Premier League and we have got to go on and try to do our best as we can in all competitions and that is the FA Cup and the Champions League.

2020 07 12 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling believes his goals will only mean something if they help Manchester City to more silverware] The most important thing to me is the value of these goals, that they add to the team. At the end of the day, we’re trying to win the FA Cup final and win the Champions League as well, otherwise these goals don’t really mean anything

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling now has seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions since the restart and he is hungry for more than just goals before this season ends] The most important thing to me is the value of these goals, that they add to the team. At the end of the day, we’re trying to win the FA Cup final and win the Champions League as well, otherwise these goals don’t really mean anything