Raheem Sterling is on the right track to become the world’s best player, according to Barcelona legend Xavi.
The former midfield maestro is convinced Sterling has what it takes to eclipse Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in world football following his impressive display last term that saw him score 25 goals for Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.
“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,” Xavi told the Mirror.
“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.
“He’s always been a good player, a dangerous player, but under Pep he become one of the best in the world.
“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 has already scored six goals this term for City, as well as two for England.
Guardiola’s side travel to Ukraine for their Champions League group stage opener against Shakhtar Donetsk.