The prestigious accolade is awarded annually to Europe’s leading performer under the age of 21, first introduced by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and now decided by a vote involving 30 independent publications.
This morning, the 20 year-old became the first Englishman to win the award since Wayne Rooney back in 2004, and told the Reds’ official website this morning; “It’s a great achievement to win such an award, It’s a really happy feeling for me and my family, of course.
“Something I’ve always wanted to do is to work hard playing football and try to be recognised. I’m really grateful that people have shown me this recognition.”
Now however, The Express claim the Citizens are plotting an audacious bid for Liverpool’s talisman attacker, in an effort to add some much-need youth to their squad. They’re currently the oldest team in the Premier League with an average age of 29.
The Premier League champions are by no means Sterling’s only suitors however; he’s been linked to European kings Real Madrid on several occasions, whilst Bayern Munich are alleged to be baying for his services too.