How far can Sterling go in his career?

Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has suggested Raheem Sterling could the fill void at the top after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo eventually retire.

Sterling’s rapid rise since bursting onto the scene at Liverpool has been well documented.

Having joined Manchester City for big money back in 2015, Sterling has gone from strength to strength.

Since arriving at the Etihad, Sterling has scored 75 goals and assisted 65.

He’s also started the new season impressively, scoring six goals in five appearances across all competitions.

That’s lead to some pretty high praise lately, with Gareth Southgate claiming he has the potential to be the best player in the world.

Now, Jamie Carragher has backed that up on Friday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City holds the match ball as he applauds fans after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

“He is a potential Ballon d’Or winner over the next four or five years…”

In his Telegraph column, Carragher has claimed Sterling should be aiming to fill the post-Messi and Ronaldo void.

He even went as far as comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, while tipping him to win a Ballon d’Or.

“I have seen it written since the midweek internationals Sterling is England’s best player. He is much more than that,” Carragher explained.

“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.

 

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“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.

“I would go so far as to say there is a similarity with Cristiano Ronaldo’s development at Manchester United.”

 

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