Raheem Sterling - 2014 Golden Boy award winner

Raheem Sterling
Award date
20 Dec 2014
Award age
20 and 12 days
Forward/attacking midfielder
Club (when winning)
Birth date
8 Dec 1994
Current club

The 2014 winner of the Golden Boy award went to the English player Raheem Sterling. He was playing for Liverpool at the time when he received the award.

Growing up and early clubs

Raheem Shaquille Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica on the 8th of December 1994. His mother was an athlete that had competed for the Jamaican national athletic team. His father was tragically murdered when Raheem was two years old, and three years later his mother decided on a move for the family to England. Growing up in London he spent his young years playing football for the London club Queens Park Rangers. Because of his unique talent pretty much all of the major Premier League clubs wanted to sign as he became a teenager. He choose not to stay in London though, and instead signed for Liverpool.

His time in Liverpool

In February 2010, at the age of 16, he put his pen on a contract with Liverpool for a transfer fee of £450.000. Two year later, in March 2012, he made his debut for the senior Liverpool team. The season after, the season of 2012/2013, he started playing in the first team more regularly and on the 12th of August 2012 he scored his first goal for the club in the 3rd minute in a friendly game against Bayer Leverkusen. His first goal in a competitive match had to wait until the 20th of October though, when he scored against Reading in a Premier League match.

He played three seasons in Liverpool and was one of Liverpool's most important player during those years. Because of issues agreeing about a new contract with Liverpool in 2015 he decided to leave Liverpool and sign for Manchester City instead in July 2015. City paid £44 million to Liverpool, making him the most expensive English player ever sold back then.

Successful years in Manchester City

Sterling played in Manchester City for seven seasons and during a lot of his time at the club he was one of the teams most important players. His best season was 2018/2019, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup with Manchester City and were also awarded both the FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year.

Scoring wise the season 2019/2020 was the best season Sterling have ever had when he scored 20 Premier League goals and scored three hat-tricks in various competitions. In total he scored 91 EPL goals for City and well over 100 goals in competition games.

In July 2022 Sterling have had enough of winning titles with Manchester City and instead decided to join Chelsea. Chelsea paid city £47.5 million to sign him over.

The English national teams

Being a regular in the English youth national teams he finally made his debut in the senior English team on the 14th of November 2012, almost a month before he turned 19. His first goal for the national team against Lithuania in a EURO 2016 qualifier on the 27th of March 2015.

He has been part of England's FIFA World Cup teams in 2014, 2018 and 2022 and in the UEFA Euro 2016 and 2020.

Records by Raheem Sterling

Records and strong performances that Raheem Sterling have obtained during his football career.

Q&A about Raheem Sterling

Is Raheem Sterling a striker?
Well, he certainly can be played as a striker and has been many times but primarily he is seen as an attacking midfielder, or even a winger.
Does Raheem Sterling have a personal sponsor?
Sterling was sponsored by Nike for many years, starting in 2012. He have had (or have) sponsor deals with the razor company Gilette and the sports clothes and shoe maker New Balance as well.

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