|Full name||Raheem Shaquille Sterling|
|Date of birth||8 December 1994|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|2003–2010||Queens Park Rangers|
Raheem Shaquille Sterling (born 8 December 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the English national team.
Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London at the age of five and began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. He then went on to help Manchester City win the Premier League in 2018.
He represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-21 level before being capped at full level by the national team in November 2012, and performed at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.
Sterling was born in the Maverley district of Kingston, Jamaica, and spent his early years there.At the age of five, he emigrated to London with his mother,and attended Copland School in Wembley, North West London. His absent father was murdered in Jamaica when Sterling was two years old.
Sterling made his senior debut for England on 14 November 2012, starting in a friendly away to Sweden. On 5 March 2014, Sterling earned his second cap and was named man of the match as England beat Denmark 1–0 in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium.
On 12 May 2014, Sterling was named in England’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In a pre-tournament friendly on 4 June, against Ecuador in Miami on his fourth cap, Sterling slid into Antonio Valencia, who reacted by grabbing Sterling’s neck; both received red cards for their actions. Valencia later apologised for his reaction.On 14 June, Sterling started in England’s opening group match, a 2–1 loss to Italy in Manaus, and was rated as the team’s best performing player by the BBC.
On 27 March 2015, Sterling scored his first senior goal for England in a 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium. On 9 October 2015, Sterling scored his second goal of the qualifying campaign in a 2–0 victory against Estonia, by which point the team were already qualified. He was one of 23 players chosen for the final tournament.
He was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Style of play
Sterling plays as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker, though he is more comfortable as a natural winger. Sterling has been praised for his adaptability and ability to play wide, at the tip of a midfield diamond and centrally, offering flexibility.Known for his pace, low centre of gravity, and dribbling skills, Sterling has been compared to Alexis Sánchez by his former manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has also praised him for offering a “real threat,” his use of pace with composure and his maturity.Despite his small stature, he also possesses considerable upper-body strength, which aids him in withstanding challenges, and retaining possession.
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi said in November 2014 that Sterling is good enough to play for the La Liga club, praising his physical and technical qualities. In April 2015, BBC Sport columnist Phil McNulty wrote that Sterling was “very good with the potential to be outstanding” but remained a “work in progress” due to inconsistent performances. He also wrote, “He is blessed with natural pace that makes even the best defences and defenders take a step back.”
In 2013, citing the influence of his mother, Sterling was quoted as saying he was “not 100 per cent religious but my belief is strong. When the time is right, I will fully be Christian.” He added that he put his faith in God and that he prays regularly. He has one daughter, Melody Rose, born in 2012 after a brief relationship.
On 8 August 2013, Sterling was arrested for an alleged common assault on his former girlfriend, a model. He was found not guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 20 September, when the complainant was unable to offer consistent evidence. A few months earlier, on 20 May 2013, a charge of common assault on a different woman was dropped after a witness failed to turn up to court.
In April 2015, Sterling was photographed by the Sunday Mirror allegedly smoking a shisha pipe, and by The Sun allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide for recreational purposes. Manager Brendan Rodgers said, “I don’t think it is something you should be doing, it’s as simple as that…Young players make mistakes. As long as they learn from them, that is what is important.”
In June 2016 following the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died, Sterling made a “substantial” donation to those affected by the fire.
On 16 December 2017, Sterling was attacked outside Manchester City’s training ground by a man who used racist language towards him. Four days later, 29-year-old Karl Anderson, a convicted football hooligan, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and a £100 fine. The Guardian praised Sterling’s resilience and courage in deciding to play only four hours afterwards.
Sterling has an M16 rifle tattooed on his leg. He received criticism from anti-violence groups but said that the tattoo had deeper meaning and referred to his father who was killed when Sterling was two years old.
The treatment of Sterling by Britain’s tabloid media, especially The Sun, has been deemed unfair and racist by pundits including Ian Wright.
In 2012, Sterling signed a sponsorship deal with American sportswear and equipment supplier, Nike. He appeared in an advert for the new Nike Green Speed II alongside Mario Götze, Theo Walcott, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Stephan El Shaarawy in November 2012. In January 2013, he modelled the new Nike Mercurial Vapor IX.
- As of match played 2 October 2018
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Manchester City||2015–16||Premier League||31||6||2||1||4||1||10||3||—||47||11|
- As of match played 14 July 2018
- As of match played 14 July 2018. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sterling goal.
|1||27 March 2015||Wembley Stadium, London, England||14||Lithuania||3–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|2||9 October 2015||Wembley Stadium, London, England||18||Estonia||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
- Premier League: 2017–18
- Football League Cup: 2015–16
- FIFA World Cup fourth place: 2018
- Liverpool Young Player of the Year Award: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Golden Boy: 2014
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015–16
- Premier League Player of the Month: August 2016
- Raheem Sterling profile at the Manchester City F.C. website
- Raheem Sterling profile at the Football Association website
- Raheem Sterling at Soccerbase