​Former ​Manchester City captain and defender Richard Dunne has claimed that midfielder Raheem Sterling will win the Ballon d'Or some day, and said that he deserves the PFA Player of the Year award this season.

Sterling has 19 goals in all competitions this season, and has helped his team stay on top of the Premier League table as well as qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The team have already won the League Cup and are in the hunt for the FA Cup too.

Dunne believes that Sterling deserves to win POTY ahead of Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk for the phenomenal season he has had, and that the Ballon d'Or can be his one day.

Dunne told BT Sport: “As fans and supporters of football you want to see players going forward, you want to see people that entertain you, score goals and certainly Sterling has done that. If you’re looking at attacking players I don’t think anyone has been better than Sterling with what he brings to the team with his speed and he’s using his intelligence to get into the right positions.

“From my own point of view as a defender and appreciating what Van Dijk has done for Liverpool, changing their team around in the last 18 months, I think he’s been a big asset to them and such an important player. In terms of the effect on a team Van Dijk has had that more than most but for entertainment, skill, technique and getting people off their seats, Sterling is ahead of him.”

“It helps to play in a team like Man City with the goals and assists he’s getting, he’s certainly a player if not this season then in future that will be challenging for Player of the Year award and maybe even further on a European and world stage.”

It remains to be seen if that will indeed be the case in the near future, but he is going head to head with Van Dijk for the honour of the POTY award, and will most likely depend on who ends up as Premier League champions.