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Raheem Sterling Doesn't Want To Hear Another Word About Messi Or Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ever since he became a regular starter for Brendan Rodger at Liverpool, Raheem Sterling has never stopped grinding and making a lot of progress between seasons.

He's a much more mature player right now and has become one of Pep Guardiola's go-to-guys upfront at Manchester City, as his versatility allows the Spaniard to experiment a lot with his lineups.

Sterling can play on both flanks of the pitch, behind the striker as the team's primary playmaker, or even as a false nine right outside of the box.

Regardless of where he plays, he always finds a way to send the ball to the bottom of the nets, making some people compare him with glorious players of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

However, while the England international feels flattered about the comparisons, he recently stated that they need to stop, as he's still nowhere near the level of those players:

“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. 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," the winger told FourFourTwo.

So far, Sterling has scored 9 goals to go along with 3 assists in 12 appearances for Manchester City and is a way-too-early candidate for the Ballon d'Or award. He'll look to build up that momentum when his team faces Atalanta for the UEFA Champions League.