England manager, Gareth Southgate believes that Raheem Sterling has what it takes to become the best footballer in the world ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that, "
Raheem Sterling the best in the world? 🤔— Goal Malaysia (@Goal_MY) September 12, 2019
🗣 Gareth Southgate thinks it could happen:
“There are obviously some outstanding players around, but he will give himself every chance, because he’s got the drive, he’s got the professionalism, he’s got the ability."
"In terms of can he fulfill it, he'll give himself every chance of doing that. There are obviously some outstanding players around, the [Eden] Hazards, the [Kevin] De Bruynes, Messi and Ronaldo. But he's got the drive, he's got the professionalism, he's got the ability. He's physically and mentally strong for such a small statured lad," Southgate said as quoted by Dailymail.
The 24-year-old who was heavily criticised at the start of his career for being "wasteful" and a "one trick pony" has benefited from playing under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for whom he has been impressive, scoring 75 goals in 196 appearances ever since moving to the Etihad from Liverpool in 2015.