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Is Raheem Sterling really a s@*t footballer?

Raheem Sterling love him or hate him he has helped get England into the semi final of the World Cup. But why does Raheem get so much stick?

Jamaican Born Raheem has enjoyed a wonderful season at his club winning the premier league by a canter and scoring 23 goals, being one of Pep Guardiola’s main men. So he should have been championed going into to this tournament as a man that could be Key for England.  You would of thought right?

No the media decided to release a story about Raheem’s Gun tattoo “Ace’s Sick Tattoo” the headline barked out. Without getting the full story the article by the Sun newspaper got people like Piers Morgan to Lucy Cope of mothers against guns calling for Raheem to be dropped.

As we all know now Raheem had actually had the tattoo to remind himself never to touch a gun.  The words on Instagram “When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death. I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning N still unfinished.”

raheem tattoo

The sun did get nationwide condemnation and high profile people such as Gary Lineker called for the media to get off his back.

But Raheem is no stranger to outrageous and often disgraceful coverage of his personal life. The  footballer who has recently revealed the hardship of his childhood including a story about having to help his mum clean hotels before school, has had stories about his wages to his bathroom furniture Raheem has been getting it since he pulled on an England shirt.

In 2016 he was called “Obscene Raheem” again from the Sun for having a diamond encrusted bathroom sink.  Which Raheem has later explained is in the house he bought his mum he went through no end of hardship to bring him up.

Raheem Sterling Obscene

The Daily Mail mocked his “FILTHY £50k Mercedes”, he was a called a “love rat” by The Sun when proposing to his girlfriend – and has been scrutinised for mundane things like partying, having breakfast, being photographed with a female friend on holiday (the Sun’s front page: “PREM RAT OF THE CARIBBEAN”), eating at Greggs, shopping at Primark and Poundland, and flying on a budget airline.

Footballers shouldnt eat Greggs?
Called a rat for being out with a family friend

No matter what he does if he spends his money he’s flashy and if he doesn’t he is classless and clueless.  The tabloids seem to want to hang Raheem out to dry.  Even now with the whole country on a hype and everyone in good spirits the one person getting vitriol is yes you guessed it Raheem Sterling.

Raheem hasn’t yet scored at the World Cup despite getting into some good positions.  He has contributed immensely to a winning team who has now got to the Semi Finals however some of the abuse that Raheem Sterling has been getting has been terrible.  After yesterdays win the calls to drop Raheem continued

Some of the Abuse of Raheem Sterling

But with expert pundit Gary Neville  having to come to his defence. Are Raheem’s performances that bad.  He said on ITV: “The actual treatment at half-time of [Sterling] across social media was absolutely disgusting, and isn’t representative of the performance he put in.

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Neville reckons Sterling put in a brilliant performance as England reached the World Cup Semi Finals for the first time since 1990.

Raheem didn’t score but his contribution just like Harry Kane who also didn’t Score was enough to see England through.

So what is with Raheem Sterling that rubs people up the wrong way? No doubt he is a talented Pep Guardiola doesn’t give you a star role for his team if your not up it to it.  Just remember Sterlings Man city team ran away with the league breaking records left right and centre with Sterling scoring 23 goals.  An amazing tally for a wide player.

Sterling has also been part of the 2 of the most dealiest strike forces to ever the graces the premiership

Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge scoring 65 goals in the 2013/14 season for liverpool

Sterling, Aguero and Sane Scoring 67 goals in the 2017/2018 season for Man City.

See why Sterling is actually better than you think below.

Is it because he left a struggling Liverpool team to move to the league champions, bettering his chances of success and improving his wages?  Surely all of us would do that in whatever job we did?

Or is it because he wasn’t born here?  Raheem spent the first five years of his childhood living with his Grandmother while his mum worked to make enough to bring him to England at 5 years old.

Could it be the same story as another Liverpool great John Barnes who experienced great highs with Liverpool including League and FA Cup wins but had real problems with the England shirt despite scoring goals like the one against Brazil.

See Barnes’s goal here

Barnes experienced horrendous racism with some fans claiming England only won that game one nil because Barnes goal didn’t count due to him being black.  Jimmy Greaves an ex footballer and famous pundit even questioned Barnes’s loyalty to England and suggested he supports the West Indian Cricket team rather than the English one.

We would hope that such thoughts are in the past but even as recent as this World cup World Cup winner and Arsenal player Mesut Ozil has been scapegoated by German media and management because of his Turkish heritage.   He has come  for some terrible abuse being blamed for a lack of effort despite lifting the trophy for the Germans just 4 years ago.

Raheem has overcome a lot to get where he is now.  With his family sacrificing a lot to get him where he Is today.  A recent interview where Raheem talked about his childhood concluded with this statement.

There’s a perception in certain parts of the media that I love “bling.” I love diamonds. I love to show off. I really don’t understand where that comes from. Especially when I bought my mum a house, it was unbelievable what some people were writing. I think it’s really sad that people do that. They hate what they don’t even know.

A few years ago, I would let it get to me. I’d be saying to my mum, “Why are they picking on me?”

But now, as long as my mum and my sister and my kids don’t have any stress, I’m good.

If people want to write about my mum’s bathroom in her house, all I have to tell you is that 15 years ago, we were cleaning toilets in Stonebridge and getting breakfast out of the vending machine. If anybody deserves to be happy, it’s my mum. She came to this country with nothing and put herself through school cleaning bathrooms and changing bed sheets, and now she’s the director of a nursing home.

And her son plays for England.

He certainly does and we all should get behind both Raheem Sterling and the team while they continue their journey deep into the World Cup. You never know it could be coming home!!!

 

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