Since joining the club from Liverpool in 2015, Raheem Sterling has contributed immensely to Pep Guardiola’s success throughout his time so far.
Raheem Sterling has played 292 matches for City and has nicked a tremendous total of 114 goals. He has been very crucial to the haul of Trophies since his arrival. However, Sterling hasn’t performed well in last season 20/21 but still managed to appear in 49 games across all competitions, as he remained firmly in Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Raheem Sterling has always been an integral part of the City team. But a variety of factors have pushed him to consider his future away from City.
1. English media
English media are known for their constant criticism over the most minimal events. Raheem Sterling has been no stranger to this either. The media has been consistently bullied him over the years, as everyone is aware of how anti-gun campaigners have reacted to Sterling after he shared a photo of himself with the tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his leg.
The image has been called unacceptable and sickening. But Raheem Sterling has defended his new tattoo of a gun, saying he has vowed to himself that he will never touch a gun after his father was shot dead when he was a boy.
2. Social media slander
Social media is a cruel place for famous people these days. Every single aspect of their life is scrutinized and criticized. Sterling has been the butt of memes and jokes for a long time. Be it the way he runs, the constant racism towards his color, or the sitters he misses sometimes. The keyboard warriors never miss an opportunity to degrade him.
3. Drop-in form
Ever since THAT miss against Lyon in 2020, Sterling was highly criticized and made fun of. This directly affected his confidence in the upcoming season. The man who used to be the first name on the team sheet in the 17/18 and 18/19 season found himself struggling for a spot in the starting lineup. This drop-in confidence affected his ability on the pitch and in the 20/21 season, Sterling was a shadow of his former self
Sterling proved his haters wrong by performing great at the Euros 2020 and redeemed himself. Sterling was heavily linked to various clubs in the summer but Guardiola made it clear that sterling was and will always be part of his plans. His contract runs out, but Manchester City is working towards tying him down to a long-term contract. The 26-year-old has a long career ahead of him but at the moment he looks set to be in the city for the foreseeable future, in the comfort of his home country and the team in which he has spent the last 6 years. Learning under one of the best coaches in the world looks like a good way forward for the winger.