Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling studies Lionel Messi in bid to be the best

• Sterling: ‘Messi and Ronaldo just set their lives to play football’
• ‘I look at the biggest players in the world to see what they’ve got’

Raheem Sterling is clear his focus is solely on becoming one of the world’s best players, pointing to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as footballers he studies closely.

Sterling was the outstanding performer in Manchester City’s 4-2 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday. The three points made Manuel Pellegrini’s side the winners of Group D, Sterling scoring a 79th-minute equaliser as City trailed 2-1 before putting them ahead two minutes later. While Wilfried Bony completed the scoring, Sterling also created David Silva’s opener with an impressive back-heel pass to make for a memorable evening on his 21st birthday.

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