Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi is confident that Manchester City star forward Raheem Sterling will be the next best player in the world when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo eventually call time on their careers.
According to Xavi, 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”.
The World Cup winner thinks that Sterling has always been a good player, a dangerous player, but under Pep Guardiola he became one of the best in the world, “I know how Pep works – he would have worked closely with him since his arrival - where he needed 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.”