Sterling already better than Neymar says Carragher but Guardiola plays down comparison to Messi and Ronaldo
Sept. 13, 2019
JAMIE CARRAGHER believes Raheem Sterling is a better player than the world's most expensive player Neymar.
But Man City boss Pep Guardiola has told the in-form England star to ignore the comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The 24-year-old has been in electric form for club and country over the last 12 months – and that continued over the last two internationals.
That prompted Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate to throw down the gauntlet for his star man to try to emulate the two greatest players in the world.
Former City man Trevor Sinclair claimed on Talksport this week he already deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence.
But his club manager has told the former Liverpool ace to ignore what is being written and said about him and focus on carrying on his form.
“I’m so happy for him, for the way he’s playing here for us and for the national team, but hopefully he won’t read or listen to these kind of things.
“Nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi.
I now rate Sterling above Neymar. Jamie Carragher on Raheem Sterling
“I don’t know if he’s best in England, you’re the journalist. But since we’ve been together, not just now, he’s been incredible with work ethic.
“And he’s a nice guy, So I’m delighted for him.”
Carragher, who played with Sterling before he completed his £50million move to City in 2015, claims Sterling is a future Ballon d'Or winner.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "I never envisaged he would become as good as he is and thought Liverpool had secured a good deal to get just under £50 million.
"I was wrong. By the end of his career it will be obvious City bought him at a bargain price.
"He is now in the top five or six best attacking players in the world, in that group just below Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I wrote recently he and Sadio Mane are the best left-sided players out there. I now rate Sterling above Neymar.
"His ambition, alongside Kylian Mbappe, should be to fill the post-Messi and Ronaldo void once they retire. He is a potential Ballon d’Or winner over the next four or five years, the current upward trajectory destined to make Sterling a global superstar."