Liverpool’s wonderkid gets rewarded with the 2014 Golden Boy award for his performance with Liverpool in their EPL title challenge, also winning a regular place in the starting line up with his nation.

The 20 years old has won the Golden Boy award for this year given by the prestigious Italian newspaper “Tuttosport”. Sterling became the first English player to win this award since 2004, when Wayne Rooney won it.

Raheem Sterling got a lot of competition in his way to win this award. Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, Turkish wonderkid Hakan Çalhanoğlu or even his new teammate Lazar Markovic were potential winners.

For his club’s website, the young winger stated that he is happy for winning the award, also saying that the hard work brings you where you want to be, on the top.

“It’s a great achievement to win such an award, I am really happy,It’s a great feeling for me and my family, of course.” said Sterling for Liverpool’s official website.

“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.”

Since the start of the last season, Sterling has scored 16 goals in 63 appearances for Liverpool, but the 20 years old starlet admits that there’s still room for improvements and with hard work, he can reach top levels like previous “Golden Boy” winners : Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero etc.

“There’s always room for improvement. At this moment in time, I should have a few more goals, but I’ve not taken some of my chances. But I’m young and learning all the time.” claimed Sterling.

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