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Sterling is already up there with Messi & Ronaldo, says Sinclair

Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has already reached the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Trevor Sinclair.

Under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola at City, Sterling’s rate of development has been nothing short of outstanding.

The 24-year-old has taken his game up to an entirely different level under the Catalan coach, and enjoyed his most impressive campaign last term. In fact, he managed an incredible 25 goals and 18 assists in 51 appearances.

And it seems Sterling is set for another fine season after scoring five goals in City’s opening four league games.

The young winger also starred for England during the international break, where he scored two goals and provided three assists in their Euro 2020 qualifying wins over Bulgaria and Kosovo.

This led former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino to predict Ballon d’Or glory in the near future for the England star.

Therefore, Sinclair believes that nobody can question Sterling’s place among the world’s elite anymore.

“Raheem Sterling is right at the top of the three, for me,” the ex-City winger told talkSPORT.

“If he’s not worth £200m now, I’d be surprised.

“He’s the best player playing for England and he’s the first player on the team sheet for Pep Guardiola.

“The big question now is where do you put him with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo? I would put him right amongst them. He’s there now.

“The only difference, and he can’t do anything about it, is time. They’ve been doing it and are still doing it for 15 years and he’s only just started.

“But if he continues in this form he’s showing, people are going to start talking about him being the best player in the world and I think he’s deserved that honour.

“If you look at other players who have gone for big money and you look at what they bring to the table, the goals, the assists, the way they conduct themselves off the field – he’s right up there with the very best in the world.

“I watched him on Saturday and he was walking around and conserving his energy, exactly like Messi does for Barcelona every week, and then as soon as he sees a scenario developing he is absolutely electric, he comes alive.

“His end product and decision making and productivity he brings to England and Manchester City is so consistent, he’s got to be regarded as one of the best players in the world.”

Raheem Sterling, England
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between England and Kosovo at St. Mary’s Stadium on September 10, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)