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Ronaldo, Messi, and Sterling, really?

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According to former teammate Joleon Lescott, Raheem Sterling is comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

There is no doubt that when talking of the best players in the world, past or present the conversation will always include Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

However, the great debate of any other players in the current crop of footballers who could join the superstar duo is largely unanswered.

Robert Lewandowski has been a goal machine for Bayern Munich.

Ciro Immobile is ahead of Ronaldo in the Serie A charts, while Karim Benzema is within touching distance of Messi.

Jamie Vardy is leading the pack in the Premier League, and Kylian Mbappe was top of the list in Ligue 1.

However, as far as former England defender Lescott is concerned the closest thing to Ronaldo and Messi is his one-time teammate Raheem Sterling.

Speaking to Manchester City’s official website, he insists Sterling is one of the best.

He said:

“Raheem has taken himself to the top tier now.” 

“He has to be regarded as one of the top wide players or forwards in the game because he contributes.”

“He has the ability to play well and win the man of the match and not score and then on other occasions he just scores and impacts the game that way.”

“I think you have to be pretty naïve to not respect what he’s doing. There are players like Messi and Ronaldo that are scoring 50 goals a season. They are super freaks!”

“In terms of the next tier, Raheem has to be compared to those kinds of players.”

What do you think?