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Raheem Sterling Biography

Mon 15 March 2021 | 12:30

A detailed look at Raheem Sterling biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Raheem Sterling is a professional player who is currently playing as a forward for Manchester City Football club and England National team. Over the past few seasons, Sterling has proven himself to be among the best in his position.

A graduate of

QPR

youth academy, Raheem Sterling burst into the scenes first by his impressive performances for Liverpool and then by his highly successful spell at Manchester City.

Sterling also had a very successful career so far, both at the club and international levels. He has won many individual and collective awards including two Premier League titles and three EFL Cups. He was selected in the UEFA

Champions League

Squad of the Season in two consecutive seasons (2018- 19 and 2019- 20).

Raheem Sterling has been a player for England national team both at the youth and senior level. He represented his country in the 2018 World Cup, where England finished fourth, and in the 2019 UEFA Nations League, which the Three Lions ended at the third place.

As of March 13, 2021 Raheem Sterling has scored 144 goals and has provided 120 assists in 430 matches during his professional career. He has played 36 games for Manchester City so far in the 2020-21 season, registering 13 goals and 10 assist to his name. Stay tuned to read more about

Raheem Sterling biography

and professional life.

All You Need to Know about Raheem Sterling Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Raheem Sterling biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Raheem Sterling Information

We will start our article on Raheem Sterling biography with some of his general information including

Raheem Sterling life story

, physical stats, personal info and footballing information. Stay tuned to read more about Raheem Sterling bio.

Raheem Sterling Bio

  • Full Name:

    Raheem Shaquille Sterling

  • Nickname:

    Raz

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Raheem Sterling Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    69Kg

  • Height:

    1.70 m (5 ft.8 in)

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Brown

Raheem Sterling Football Information

  • Position:

    Forward

  • Jersey Number:

    7 at Manchester City and 10 with England national team

  • Professional Debut:

    2012

Raheem Sterling Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

     8 December 1994

  • Birth Place:

    Kingston, Jamaica

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Sagittarius

  • Nationality:

    English

Raheem Sterling Early Life

In this section of our article about

Raheem Sterling biography

we will present you with the most interesting facts about Raheem Sterling childhood and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Raheem Sterling date of birth is at the eighth day of December. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with the legendary English footballer, Jeoff Hurst and current

Manchester United

's youngster, Scott McTominay who are both born on December 8.

Raheem Sterling nationality

is English, but he is originally from Jamaica as he was born in the country and both of his parents were also Jamaican.

Born into a poor family in Jamaica, Raheem grew up in a crime-filled environment. When he was two years old, his father was murdered by local gangs. The death of his father and the challenges the family was faces with had a bad effect on him as he faced many disciplinary issues in his childhood and teenage years.

When Raheem turned 5, his mother emigrated from Jamaica to England, where Raheem went to Copland Community School. He was destined to become a footballer. He used to live really close to the Wembley stadium in his childhood. He worshipped the atmosphere of it and it had an influence on his dreams to become a professional player.

"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."

Raheem Sterling impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his mother to sign him up at his hometown local club, Alpha & Omega. He started brightly and after a couple of years moved to the Queens Park Rangers youth academy, where he stayed at until he was signed by Liverpool for a fee of 600 thousand euros at the age of 16.

Raheem Sterling spent the next two years playing for

Liverpool U18 team

, for which he scored 8 goals in 22 matches. He was called up to Liverpool senior side in 2012, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 18.

His footballing idol during his early years was 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 Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Raheem Sterling profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling professional career started in 2012 as he was promoted to Liverpool senior side, after playing two seasons with the U-18.

Sterling had a very bright start to his career at

Liverpool

. He made his debut for the senior team in March of 2012 when he came into the pitch as a substitute in the league game against Wigan. He was 17 years and 107 days and thus became the third-youngest player to play for the club. Sterling continue to break records as with his first goal for Liverpool, a volley against Bayern Leverkusen, made him the second-youngest Liverpool player to score in a competitive game.

Despite his young age, Raheem Sterling continued to perform at a high level consistently and was voted Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year in his second with the Reds. In his third season, Sterling won the Golden boy award and was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Season.

Sterling called it quit at Anfield in 2015 and refused to sign a new contract. Many clubs were eager to secure the services of the youngster, and it was Manchester City who eventually signed him for 44 million euros plus 5 million add-ons on a five year deal.

Raheem’s decision to leave Liverpool and join Manchester City did not go well with the Liverpool fans, who believed that money was the main factor for Sterling. However, He stood by his decision, and stated that playing for a club like Manchester City would help him take the next step in his career.

Overall, Raheem Sterling scored 23 goals and registered 29 assists in 129 games for Liverpool's senior side.

Reaching the top with Manchester City

In the summer of 2015 it was announced that Raheem Sterling has signed a 5 year contract with Manchester City which made him the most expensive English player of all time. He made his debut for the Citizens in the first game of the

Premier League

2015-16 season against West Brom, which City won 3-0. He scored his first goal for his new club in a 2–0 defeat of Watford.

Raheem Sterling played 47 matches for City in his first season and managed to score 11 goals. He bettered his stats the following season with 10 goals and 20 assists in 47 games.

Sterling reached his maximum potential under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. His best season collectively was at 2018-2019 season in which

Manchester City

took the domestic competitions by storm and won an unprecedented Four Trophies.

Individually Sterling had the best season of his career in 2019-2020 as he scored an impressive 31 goals in 52 matches across all competitions. Despite his amazing performances, Raheem and Manchester City were not able to win any trophies.

Raheem Sterling market value is at 145 million pounds. He is ranked number two among all players worldwide. Raheem Sterling net worth is believed to be approximately 45 million Dollars.

As of 13th of March 2021, Raheem Sterling has scored 113 and assisted 85 times in 279 games for Manchester City.

With England youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Raheem Sterling was first called up to England U16 side in November, 2005.  He played 7 games and scored 1 goal for the team before being called up to the U17 team the following year. Raheem Sterling played a total of 13 games and scored 3 goals for the U17 side. He also played 8 games for the U21 team and scored 3 goals before being called up to England's senior in November of 2012.

Raheem Sterling made his debut for England in a friendly against Sweden and scored in his first goal England senior side in a 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

He represented England in the 2014 and 2018 world Cups as well as the 2016 European Championship. Sterling was a key star for England in 2018

World Cup

on their way to the semi-final. In 2019, He scored his only hat trick so far for the national team in the 5-0 win against Czech Republic at UEFA Euro 2020 qualification.

Sterling has played 58 games for England and has scored 13 goals. His most important goals for the national team was his double in a 3-2 win against Spain in 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.

Style of Play

Sterling is known for his incredible speed, dribbling and low center of gravity. Although he knows how to perfectly position himself in the opposition box, he is wasteful when it comes to converting chances. His best characteristics are his pace, composure and maturity on the field. He is also good in pressing the opposition's defence line and at one-on-one physical challenges.

Sterling has talked about his own style of play in many of his interviews:

"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."

Even the best players of history have had their share of criticism and in the case of

Raheem Sterling

, he has been criticized for his inconsistent performances and his tendency to waste too many chances before scoring goals.

Reception

Raheem Sterling is considered as one of the best wingers of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his adaptability, speed and finishing.

Raheem Sterling received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in the 2018-2019 season in which Manchester City took the domestic competitions by storm and won an unprecedented Four Trophies.

Sterling's main position is the winger, however, he has played at seven different positions during his career, including left and right winger, center forward, and second striker and attacking midfielder.

Below are some of the quotes about Raheem Sterling from famous football figures:

"He's a guy who is incredibly receptive when we have our talks. It's nice, when they don't get that feeling like 'oh, always pushing me or criticizing me."

He's open. From day one since we arrived. That's why he's becoming an incredible, exceptional player. He has an incredible sense of arriving in the box and scoring when the ball is on the other side. He is fantastic at that."

(Pep Guardiola)

Goal Celebration

Raheem Sterling does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he had one controversial goal celebration while playing for England in which he put his hands to his ears as a reaction to racist abuses he suffered from opposition's fans. He also had one fun goal celebration in one of his matches for Manchester City in which he imitate Daniel Sturridge dance.

Raheem Sterling outside football

Raheem Sterling has a busy life outside football as he is a fan of diversity of activities, luxury and partying. His most favorite hobbies are playing video games and hanging around with friends and family members.

Raheem Sterling is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is

@sterling7

. He has around 7.7 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is @sterling7.

Sterling's favorite foods are spaghetti Bolognese, red pea soup and chicken stew with rice and peas.

Sterling is also a fan of Tattoo culture and 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.

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.

Raheem Sterling 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 Sterling Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Raheem Sterling biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Raheem Sterling immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Raheem Sterling was born at 8th day of December, 1997 into a poor family from Jamaica. He lost his father when he was 2 years old. When he turned 5, his mother immigrated to England and married again. Raheem is the first of four children in his family. He has two sisters and one brother.

Raheem Sterling was in a short relationship with Melisa Clark when he was 17 years old. They had a daughter together, Emily Rose when Raheem was 18 years old, but broke up soon after the birth of their child.

Sterling is currently in a relationship with Paige Milian, a former JD Sports worker. The two had their first child, a son named Thiago in 2017 and their second child, another boy named Thai in 2019.

Any new information about Raheem Sterling love life and family will be published here at SportMob. You can also check out our article on

top facts about Paige Milian

if you want to know more about Raheem Sterling's girlfriend.

Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Raheem Sterling has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Raheem Sterling Religion

is Christian. His mother is a Muslim and she is known to be very religious.

Sterling has been praised a lot for his generosity and charity works. His generous donations to charity are widely publicized such as his donation to the Grenfell tower victims.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Raheem Sterling has had a controversial personal life. He was accused of physical assault by both of his partners, Paige Milian and Melissa Clark. However, On both cases he wasn't found guilty due to lack of evidence.

In December 2017, Raheem Sterling was attacked by an unknown man. 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 Sterling Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Raheem Sterling career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Raheem Sterling has played 430 games for two clubs (Liverpool and Manchester City) during his career. He has registered 144 goals and 120 assists to his name.

Raheem Sterling registered 23 goals and 25 assist in 129 games for Liverpool, Followed by 113 goals and 85 assists in 279 games for Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling best season individually was the 2019-20 Season in which he scored 31 goals and assisted further 10 in 51 games for Manchester City across all competitions.

International

Sterling has played 58 games for England and has scored 13 goals. His most important goals for the national team was his double against Spain in 2018–19 UEFA Nations League. England won the game 3-2.

He was also a member of England U16, U17, U18, U19 and

U21

teams. In total scored 7 goals in 29 matches for England youth teams.

Raheem Sterling Honors

We rap up our article on Raheem Sterling biography with a look at his honors and achievements.

Raheem Sterling celebrated his first major trophy in the 2017-18 season when he won the Premier League title with Manchester City. While his first individual award was the Liverpool Young Player of the Season in his first season with Liverpool.

His last collective achievement was winning the FA Community Shield in 2019. While his last individual award was being elected in the FIFA FIFPro World11 as the 9th forward.

During his career, Raheem Sterling has won many collective and individual awards. Below is the complete list of Raheem Sterling honors:

With Liverpool:

Liverpool Young Player of the Season (2 times)

With Manchester City:

Premier League (2 back to back titles from 2017 to 2019), FA Cup (2018- 19), EFL Cup (three titles), FA Community Shield (2019)

UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2018- 19 and 2019- 20), Premier League Player of the Month (2 times), FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee (2019)

With England National team:

Third place at the UEFA Nations League (2019)

Fourth place in 2018 World Cup

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