Raheem Shaquille Sterling is a professional English footballer from Jamaica. He was born on December 8th, 1994 in Kingston where he lived with his mother, a professional Jamaican athlete. His father died when Raheem was only 2 years old. When he was only 5, his mother and he emigrated to London where his football career began.
He spent the first four years of his career at a local youth team called Alpha & Omega before joining Queens Park Rangers at the age of 10. After a bit over 6 years at their academy, Sterling decided to join Liverpool in 2010.
It took some time before the talented winger was able to break into the first team. He made his debut for Liverpool in 2012 and he quickly got attention due to his great pace and dribbling abilities. He was a standard member of the first team since 2013, so he became a top transfer target for Manchester City, among other clubs.
In 2015, he joined the Citizens and he is still with the club. During his time with City, Sterling won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup in 2019. Despite his obvious flaws when it comes to finishing, Sterling managed to score more than 70 goals in Premier League during his years with Manchester City.
Raheem chose to play for the English national team, even though he was born in Jamaica. He made his debut for England in 2012 and played in two World Cups and one European Championship, reaching the semi-finals with the team before being knocked out by Croatia after extra time.
Sterling doesn’t have many individual awards but he did win the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2019 and made the Team of the Year in the same season.
Raheem Sterling Transfers and Rumours
- 2003: Alpha & Omega to Queens Park Rangers – Free Transfer
- 2010: Queens Park Rangers to Liverpool – £450,000
- 2015: Liverpool to Manchester City – £49 million
Raheem Sterling had a turbulent childhood, having to move to another country at the age of 5. Still, he made the most of the fact that he moved to England where football is the most popular sport and where he had great conditions to develop his game.
After spending his formative years with Queens Park Rangers, Sterling was in the centre of attention for many clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham and Manchester City. Eventually, after some transfer rumours and gossip, he moved to Liverpool when he was only 16 years old. He decided to join Liverpool for an initial fee of 450,000 but this figure would later rise to around £2 million based on his appearances for the club.
After a contract dispute at Liverpool, his transfer odds rose significantly and football whispers all around suggested he could move to Manchester City. This happened in 2015 when Sterling made the news by becoming the most expensive English player in history. City splashed the cash to bring him, paying a fee of £49 million, including add-ons. Sterling is still playing for Manchester City and seems unlikely that we will see him move to another club soon.