Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling has been crowned PFA Young Player of the Year at the 2019 PFA Awards in London on Sunday evening.
With yet another stellar campaign for club and country under his belt, his blistering pace, silky dribbling and an ever-increasing accuracy in front of goal makes him one of the Premier League’s and England’s biggest talents.
It seems remarkable that Sterling is just 24 years old, having racked up over 300 club appearances and is fast approaching a century of goals in all competitions.
But outside of his stunning statistics, the England international’s ability to find and create space for his teammates has highlighted him as one of Europe’s elite forwards under manager Pep Guardiola.
Sterling has also mastered the ability of popping up with big goals in crucial matches, notching against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton this season.
Few could argue that the Jamaican-born England international isn’t ice-cool under pressure, having slammed home a stunning penalty to clinch Manchester City’s first trophy of the season in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea in February.
Having scored 23 goals in 46 matches last season in all competitions, Sterling is well on his way to smashing his personal best, having already reached 20 goals with over a month of the season remaining to put City within sight of a famous quadruple.
Sterling’s career trophy haul already includes one Premier League title and two League Cup winners’ medals.
A hallmark of Pep Guardiola teams is their remarkable team cohesion and fluidity, something that Sterling has become a key part of as he looks on target to smash his personal best of 9 assists for a sole league campaign.
For England, Sterling enjoyed a terrific World Cup as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the last four.
His greatest performance for the Three Lions so far came against Spain in a crucial UEFA Nations League clash in Seville last October, when the forward notched a delightful brace in a 3-2 away victory, helping England secure a spot in the Finals in June.