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Top facts about Raheem Sterling

A detailed look at the most interesting facts about Raheem Sterling, from his troubled childhood to becoming one of the most successful stars of football.

Sterling claims that he is one of those men that you either love or hate at first glance. And his playing style is evidence of it. We all know him for his remarkable speed, dribbling, and low center of gravity. He is adept at positioning himself precisely in the opponent's box, but he sometimes wastes opportunities.

The Chelsea player's professional life was full of ups and downs, but Pep Guardiola at Manchester City helped him find stability. His finest overall season was the 2018–19 campaign, when Manchester City dominated the domestic tournaments and captured a record four trophies.

Sterling enjoyed his finest season of his career on an individual level in 2019–2020, scoring a remarkable 31 goals in 52 games across all competitions. Raheem and Manchester City were unable to bring home any silverware despite his outstanding efforts.

The prominent Black British player reached his 100th goal with Manchester City under Pep Guardiola in all competitions on February 7, 2021, when he scored in their 4-1 away victory over his previous side Liverpool. He also made it possible for Manchester City to advance to the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, where they ultimately lost against Chelsea 1-0.

Here are the most interesting facts about Raheem Sterling you might want to know.

All you need to know about Raheem Sterling

In the following article we will take a look at the most interesting facts about Raheem sterling Raheem sterling Chelsea and


national team forward,. First we present you with some of the general information.

General Information

  • Full Name

    : Raheem Shaquille Sterling

  • Nicknames

    : Martin Luther King

  • Date and Place of Birth

    : 8 December 1994, Kingston, Jamaica

  • Height & Weight:

    5 ft. 7 in (1.70 m), 69 kg

  • Family Members

    : Robert Rashford (Father), Nadine Sterling (Mother), Kingston Sterling (Brother), Kimberley Sterling, Lakima Sterling (Sisters)

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife/Girlfriend

    : Paige Milian

  • Children

    : 4 (Three sons, Thiago, Tori-sevyn and Thai Sterling from his relationship with Paige Milian and one daughter, Melody Rose Sterling from an earlier relationship)

  • Current team

    : Chelsea

  • Jersey Number:

     17 at Chelsea and 10 with England national team

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Sagittarius

Raheem Sterling Birthday and nationality

Raheem Shaquille Sterling was born on: 8th of December 1994. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He shares his birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 19th of March are:

  • Singers:

    Nicki Minaj, Jim Morrison

  • Actors and Actresses:

    Maximilian Schell, Kim Basinger


Scott McTominay

, Jeoff Hurst, Hamit Altintop

Raheem Sterling Childhood and Parents

At this part we will look at the facts about Raheem Sterling childhood and the family and background he grew up in.

Born into a poor family in Jamaica, Raheem grew up in a crime-filled environment. The darkest incident of his early childhood was the murder of his original father. This happened when Raheem was only two years old. So he doesn't have a vivid memory of the incident. Still the death of his father took its toll on him as he many times faced disciplinary actions in his teen years.

When Raheem turned 5, his mother emigrated from Jamaica to England, where Raheem went to Copland Community School. Raheem got interested in football from early age and pursuit his dream by joining his hometown local club, Alpha & Omega. After a short while he was picked and began training at

Queens Park Rangers


Raheem Sterling career

As we have mentioned in the last part of our article on facts about Raheem sterling, he started his career at QPR academy. He was so good that when he reached 16,


signed a three year contract with him with a fee of 600 thousand euros.

Sterling did not stop shining during his stay at Liverpool and after playing two years for the teams U-18, he made his debut for the senior team at 2012. He also scored his first goal in October of the same year. The goal made him the second-youngest Liverpool player to score in a competitive game. He was selected Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year in his second season and in his third season he won the Golden boy award and was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Season.

Sterling's spell at Anfield ended in 2015 after he refused to sign a new contract with the Reds. Manchester City took advantage of the situation and signed him for 44 million euros plus 5 million add-ons on a five year deal.

In Manchester City Sterling reached his maximum potential under the guidance of

Pep Guardiola

. He won numerous titles with City and his best season was the 2018-2019 season in which sterling and City won all the domestic four trophies in dominant fashion. A feat never achieved before by any team in England.

Sterling's previous contract was extended on 9 November 2018, based on which he will now stay with the Citizens until 30 June 2023.

On the international level, Sterling was first earned a call in 2012. He was in England squad for two world Cups (2014 & 2018) and the 2016 European Championship. Sterling was a key player for Gareth Southgate in 2018 World Cup in which England finished fourth. In 2019, He scored his only hat trick for the national team in the 5-0 win against Czech Republic at UEFA Euro 2020 qualification.

Sterling joined Chelsea on July 13, 2022, for a sum of £47.5 million, with a five-year deal.

Raheem Sterling girlfriend, Relationships and Martial Status

Raheem Sterling first serious relationship was with Melisa Clark when he was 18 years old. The couple split soon after they had a daughter named, Emily Rose together. So one of the most interesting facts about Raheem Sterling is that he lost his father when he was a child and he became a father when he was only 18 years old.

Currently Paige Milian, a former JD Sports worker is known as

Raheem Sterling fiancée

. The couple were due to get married in 2020 but had to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two had their first child, a son named Thiago in 2017. They has their second child, another boy named Thai in 2019.

Sterling relationships was not without controversy. He was accused of physical assault by both of his partners. On both cases he wasn't found guilty due to lack of evidence.

Raheem Sterling religion

Raheem Sterling Religion is


. His mother is a Muslim and she is known to be very religious. Raheem though has admitted that he’s not fully religious but holds his beliefs dear to his heart. In an interview in 2013, when he was asked about the influence of his mother, he answered "not 100 per cent religious but my belief is strong. When the time is right, I will fully be Christian"

Raheem Sterling Net worth, Salary and Market Value

Raheem Sterling market value is at $70m. He is ranked number two among all players of Chelsea and number 46 among all players.

Raheem Sterling salary

in 2023 is £16.9m annually. As of 2023 Raheem Sterling net worth is believed to be approximately 45 million Dollars.

Raheem Sterling Transfermarket stats

According to Raheem Sterling Transfermarket, he has played a total of 513 games for three clubs (Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea). He has scored 168 goals and has provided 133 assists for his team mates.

On the international level Raheem Sterling transfer market stats indicate that he has played 82 games for England and has scored 20 goals.

Some Short interesting facts about Raheem Sterling

  • Sterling's favorite foods are spaghetti Bolognese, red pea soup and chicken stew with rice and peas Playing video games and hanging around with friends and family members are his most favorite hobbies.

  • Raheem Sterling instagram

    account has around 10.3 million followers.

  • Raheem Sterling used to live really close to Wembley. He worshipped the atmosphere of it and it had an influence on his dreams to become a professional player.

  • In 2020, Sterling purchased a VVS gold name pendant for his two sons, Thai and Thiago. The jewelry which is estimated to cost $30,000, was designed by British-Nigerian designer, Godson Umeh.

The most interesting fact about

Raheem Sterling tattoos

is that he has a tattoo of an M16 rifle on his leg, which he links to the murder of his father. He received criticism from anti-violence groups but said that the tattoo had deeper meaning for him.

Raheem Sterling Height is 1.70 meters. Raheem Sterling position is forward.

Raheem Sterling age

is 28.

  • Sterling attended Usain Bolt's 34th birthday party. The guests, who did not wear face masks, danced in an open field to Jamaican reggae singer. Later it was announced that Bolt tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate in his home, Sterling was already advised to self-isolate as well after his possible exposure to the virus.

  • Sterling’s generous donations to charity are widely publicized such as his donation to the Grenfell tower victims.

Raheem Sterling Idol was


's legend, Paul Gascoigne. In an interview he stated that although he was too young to see Gascoigne play, he has learnt a lot from watching his video's on YouTube.

  • Raheem Sterling was attacked by an unknown man on December 2017. The incident occurred at the Manchester training ground where the attacker made some nasty racial comments against him. A few days later, the man was identified as Karl Anderson and sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

  • Raheem was signed as the brand ambassador for the limited edition series of Nike Mercurial Vapor IX. He was also featured in an advertisement for the Nike Green Speed II edition.

Raheem’s decision to leave Liverpool and join Manchester City was highly criticized, especially by his fans. Many of them believed that this decision was taken mainly due to the money. But Raheem stood by his decision, for he thought that playing for a popular club like 

Manchester City

 would help his career in a big way.

Raheem Sterling Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of


's article on facts about Raheem Sterling is a look back at his most interesting and controversial quotes about himself and other players.

On his looks:

"I've got that face. You know when you see someone on TV and go, 'I don't like him?' Some people have that face, and I've got it. I can't do anything about it."

"I've just got face: he looks like a brat. The 'I don't like face.' That's how I see it. And I'm not a brat. Sometimes I'm watching a movie, and you see a character and go, 'I don't like him' - that's me."

On the importance of family:

"Performing for my dad does drive me on. Especially in big games, massive games."

"A few years ago, I would let it get to me. But now, as long as my mum and my sister and my kids don't have any stress, I'm good."

On his childhood:

"I grew up five minutes from the stadium and watched it being built. I'd play football right outside and look up at this huge stadium with all the cranes and building work and think, 'One day, when it's finished, I need to be playing in here."

"Thank God I had football. I remember when it used to rain, all the kids would run outside and play football in the puddles, just splashing around, having the best time."

On his playing style:

"I've come to a point in my career where it doesn't matter if I dribble or nutmeg someone. The only thing that matters is whether I was decisive, did I put the ball in the back of the net today, and did it help the team win."

"If I lose the ball, I want to get on it as quickly as possible and make up for it, whereas before, I would hide away and maybe only look for the ball 10 minutes later. I don't want to give the defenders any break."

Raheem Sterling achievements

We round up our article on the top facts about Raheem Sterling with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.

With Liverpool:

Liverpool Young Player of the Season (2 times)

With Manchester City:

Premier League (2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22), FA Cup (2018- 19), EFL Cup (five titles), FA Community Shield (2019), UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2018- 19 and 2019- 20), Premier League Player of the Month (3 times), FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee (2019), UEFA Champions League runner-up (2020–21)

With England National team:

Third place at the UEFA Nations League (2019)

Fourth place in

2018 World Cup

UEFA European Championship runner-up (2020)

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