In sports team is so often obsessed by the actions of the individual, football is on its next star guard as in the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo enters the final chapter.
Ronaldo turns 34 next year and Messi 32 while none of them are slowing down in terms of their output, there is still a growing debate recently about who will go their big strides.
Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Paolo Dybala and Marco Asensio have their supporters, but one player often overlooked is following a similar track to Ronaldo vs goal – Raheem Sterling.
The attacker in the city continues to shine the Premier League season and peak his targetcoring at his age not far from Ronaldo's, who at the time was still playing in the Premier League at United.
Seven goals in 14 games for the city of the season – including this excellent effort against Donetsk Shakhtar on Wednesday – took the career of Sterling to return 74 goals in 283 games, around one in four, as he approaches his 24th birthday.
Ronaldo scored 106 goals in 294 games of the same age, but Sterling's record is improving rapidly. After all, this is a player who scored only three goals in his first 49 career appearances.
With sterling potential always there, now a combination of Pep Guardiola's systematic training and his hard work begins to open it on a regular basis. The reward for this is the extension of the three-year contract that he signed on Friday night, leaving him in Ahiad until 2023.
And as Ronaldo is at his age, the 23-year-old's staggering scare – particularly in defending the opposition – is how much improvement has yet to come.
But if his progress continues at the present pace, then the British will force his way into the post-Ronaldo post-Messi image.
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It is doubtful that any player will reach the odd heights of the two big ones in the coming years. Messi and Ronaldo are single-time players who somehow arrived in the same generation.
Sterling's numbers are impressive though. Now it's 24 goals and another 16 assists in 42 Premier League games since the beginning of last season. It averages as a big contribution to City's almost every game he plays.
But Eclipse Starling remained a good time in this country, despite his success. He was the butt of many joke and subject of great criticism during the World Cup.
The side of Gareth Soutgate united the country with their survivors in Russia, and it seems most of the country were also united in that I wanted the Sterling, despite the obvious fact that getting the best of it at the international level is the key to any chance the three lions have of achieving something.
Sterling was again on the wrong side of some dubious criticism of Schechter's controversial sentence.
Yes, it was clumsy, and obviously there was no connection, but it was not a game of the player to judge the game. Why is the requirement of sincerity from Sterling when real attempts at infidelity are ignored every weekend in the Premier League?
Instead we need to have a positive focus, and there are many. Here is an actor on the path to individual greatness, with further improvement to come to the perfect manager to coax him away.
Toward the end of the last season, Gary Neville made the comparison between Sterling and Ronaldo and Thierry Henry, but said Wing City could not afford to rest on his laurels.
"Rim Sterling can not think this is the end," he said Monday night football. "He won the title, was his best season ever with assists and goals but there is another level."
This level has been locked this season.
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