Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has won Europe’s prestigious Golden Boy award for his outstanding performances in 2014. The accolade is presented to the best player under the age of 21 in a top-flight league in Europe and is voted on by journalists from across the continent.
“It’s a great achievement to win such an award,” Sterling told Liverpool’s website. “It’s a really happy feeling for me and my family.
“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.
“It’s down to hard work. I’m really happy that people are recognising that I’m trying to work hard and do my best for this football club. I’m really grateful for this award.”
The Liverpool and England forward, who has been criticised for his finishing recently, joins an illustrious list of former winners, including Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Agüero and Mario Götze.
The only other Englishman to win the award is Wayne Rooney, who impressed with his performances for Everton in 2004. Last season’s winner was Paul Pogba of Juventus and France.