Raheem Sterling named European Golden Boy

Raheem Sterling has been named European Golden Boy, a prestigious award voted for by journalists around the continent.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Bournemouth during the Football League Cup 5th Round match at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The recently turned 20-year-old has had an impressive 2014, crucial in Liverpool’s push for the title in the second half of last season and becoming the main man for both club and country.

He shone in a central role behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and did similarly for England against Italy in the World Cup before Roy Hodgson moved him out wide to accommodate Wayne Rooney.

Lately, Sterling is on a run of nine consecutive starts for Brendan Rodgers’ side – having missed only one match all season. He’s played more football than any other Liverpool player this campaign, despite being a teenager for all but a fortnight of it.

The award was introduced in 2003 and Sterling is the first Englishman to win it since Rooney in 2004.

Since then some pretty illustrious names have featured; Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Mario Goetze, Isco and… Mario Balotelli!

With Sterling’s new contract the subject of much discussion, his agent will no doubt be delighted by this news.