- Raheem Sterling has been tipped as one of the players to take over from Ronaldo and Messi
- The Man City winger has scored five goals from five Premier League matches this campaign
- Barcelona legend Xavi, however, says Sterling, Mbappe, Salah and Neymar are in line to end Messi and Ronaldo's dominance
Barcelona legend Xavi has backed Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling to become one of the 'best in the world' after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The four-time Champions League winner played alongside Argentine superstar for over a decade at the Camp Nou and won multiple titles at domestic and continental levels.
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Xavi, who currently manages Qatari topflight side Al Sadd, insists Messi is a better player to his arch-rival Ronaldo, but admitted that they both have paid their price on the world stage.
The 39-year-old, however, believes that Sterling, alongside Neymar, Mbappe and Salah are the next generations of contenders for best player's silverware.
Xavi told The Mirror: "Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the best-player-in-the-world awards for so many years now, it's hard to remember a time before them.
"Messi is the best ever for me - and even though they're both still playing at a very high level - there will come the day not so long away when somebody else must step into those shoes.
"You look at young players who can be crowned the future best in the world and you still think of Neymar, Mbappe, Salah, and of course Sterling. I look at the moment - and Sterling is winning that race."
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Sterling started his senior career with Liverpool, but that period cannot be compared with his present form under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The 25-year-old has scored five goals from five matches for the Citizens since the 2019-20 season kicked off last month.
"He's always been a good player, a dangerous player, but under Pep he has become one of the best in the world," added Xavi.
"I know how Pep works - he would have worked closely with him since his arrival - where he needs to improve and what he needed to work on.
"We're now seeing the results of that - he's still young and can be the world's best."
Sterling was instrumental to City's back-to-back Premier League triumph - with the Etihad Stadium outfit becoming the English club to win a domestic treble last season.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling believes he has not done enough to be ranked among the world's best players in the world.
The 24-year-old has been superb for England so far during their Euro 2020 qualifiers - scoring six times and assisting four others in four matches.
Sterling has also scored five goals in four Premier League appearances for Man City this campaign, yet the player says he is yet to reach the peak of his career just yet.
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