Pep Guardiola has told Raheem Sterling not to believe his own hype after the Manchester City and England winger was compared to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sterling plundered a career-best 25 goals last season and has already scored six in five games for City, as well as two for England in their wins over Bulgaria and Kosovo in the international break.
England boss Gareth Southgate said Sterling has given himself every chance of reaching the level of Ronaldo and Messi, if he continues to produce so many match-winning displays. But Guardiola has told Sterling not to be taken it by those comparing him to Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, claiming the 24-year-old is not yet at the level of the world football icons.
“I’m so happy for him, for the way he’s playing here and national team, but hopefully he won’t read or listen to these kind of things,” said Guardiola. “Nobody can compare with Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Lionel Messi. I don’t know if he’s the best in England, you’re the journalist, but since we’ve been together, not just now, he’s been incredible, with a great work ethic and he’s a nice guy, so I’m delighted for him.”
City travel to Norwich tomorrow, without central defender Aymeric Laporte, whom Guardiola revealed will be out for up to six months following knee surgery.
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