Football fans flock to Players’ Tribune, the site that gives stars their voice

Website has scored at the World Cup with in-depth articles by stars including Raheem Sterling and Romelu Lukaku

Several unlikely stars have emerged during the World Cup, from inflatable unicorns to Japanese and Senegalese fans cleaning up after games. Last week brought a fresh contender: an American website better known for its baseball coverage.

The Players’ Tribune has attracted unprecedented British visitors in the past few days with a succession of personal testimonies from some of the world’s football stars. This weekend a long piece written by, and signed by, England forward Raheem Sterlinghas won praise for its honesty and for its explicit rebuke to traditional media’s unfair representation of his life.

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