Born In: Kingston, Jamaica
Raheem Sterling is a professional football player who has achieved numerous accolades in his career. Winner of the 2014 ‘Golden Boy’ award, Raheem is often considered a wonder boy. From playing for ‘Queens Park Rangers F.C’ to representing England in the FIFA World Cup 2014, Raheem has had an incredible journey so far. Raheem’s future in the sport was predicted way before he officially commenced his football career. After playing for the under-16, under-17 and under-21 teams, he went on to represent ‘Liverpool’ and emerged as one of the top scorers for the outfit. Raheem became the youngest English soccer player to have a net-worth higher than most of his contemporaries. He quickly became the highest paid footballer too. In 2014, he bagged in the 'Golden Boy Award.' In 2022, he joined Chelsea FC. Apart from his achievements, Raheem has his share of disputes and controversies too.
Also Known As: Raheem Shaquille Sterling
siblings: Kimberley Sterling, Kingston Sterling, Lakima Sterling
children: Melody Rose Sterling, Thiago Sterling
Born Country: Jamaica
City: Kingston, Jamaica
Raheem was born Raheem Shaquille Sterling in Jamaica on December 8, 1994. He, along with his mother, moved to London when he was just five years old. Raheem’s father chose to stay back in Jamaica. Raheem and his family underwent many hardships to manage their expenses. His mother somehow managed to make both ends meet. When Raheem turned 8, his father was murdered in Jamaica.
Raheem was then a student of Copland Community School in Wembley, North West London, and was playing for the school’s football team. Post his father’s sad demise, Raheem managed to turn his anger and frustration into positive energy and channelized it to improve his soccer skills. His selection into the ‘Queens Park Rangers Football Club’ turned out to be his turning point. Raheem was now prepared to officially start his football career.
Raheem played for ‘Queens Park Rangers Football Club’ from 2003 to 2010. This 7 year-long span helped him a lot in shaping his career. At the end of his tenure with the club, Raheem was already a star player. By then, he had managed to grab the attention of many including veterans and legends of the game. Though Raheem played at multiple positions, most of his amazing performances came when he was playing as a natural winger. He quickly became popular for his speed and low center of gravity.
Raheem registered his first victory against ‘Notts County F.C’ while playing in the Football Association Youth Cup. After a few more remarkable victories, Raheem was promoted to the senior team of Liverpool. He initially played as a substitute. The first goal that he scored for the senior team was against ‘Bayer Leverkusen’. His first man of the match award came on September 15, 2011, when his team won against ‘Sunderland’.
Raheem played exceptionally well in the 2013–14 season. With a streak of back-to-back goals against teams like ‘Norwich City F.C’, ‘Tottenham Hotspur F.C’, ‘Cardiff City F.C’, ‘Arsenal F.C’ and ‘Manchester City F.C’, the wonder boy registered his name in the list of the contenders for the ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’ award which he eventually won. Along with that, he was also named as the Liverpool Chartered Player of the Month for April.
Raheem’s shift to ‘Manchester City’ was highly criticized, especially by his fans. Many of them even said that this decision was taken mainly due to the money that was offered by the club. But Raheem had taken the decision, for he thought that playing for a popular club like ‘Manchester City’ would help his career in a big way. He eventually got himself into a long contract dispute which was later settled.
Raheem made his comeback in 2016, and played in the following season. His comeback helped the club in a big way and restored its lost glory. Once again, Raheem won the ‘Premier League Player of the Month’ for August 2016.
Raheem had a troubled childhood as his family had to fight poverty. He lost his father early in his life and he himself became a father at a young age. His daughter, Melody Rose, was born in 2012, when he was just eighteen. In 2018, he got engaged to Paige Milian. The couple have two sons named Thai-Cruz and Thiago.
Raheem was attacked by an unidentified man on December 16, 2017. The incident unfolded 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 sixteen weeks in prison. He was also slapped a fine of £100.
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