Wenger's verdict on Raheem Sterling, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

Wenger's verdict on Raheem Sterling, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe Raheem Sterling can reach Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's level, despite being one of the best players in Europe. 

The England international is enjoying life at Premier League champions Manchester City and the national team, scoring 31 goals last campaign for club and country. 

He has picked this season from where he left the last campaign, registering six goals so far in the English Premier League, adding a futher five for the Three Lions in the EURO qualifiers. 

Despite his exploits, Wenger does not see Sterling hitting the levels the two best players in the world are. 

“At the moment I would say no," he said in response to the question on whether Sterling can get to Messi and Ronaldo's levels. 

“You have always to be careful, I personally like Sterling but when you talk about these guys you are talking about 50 goals a season for 10 seasons,"

 “So, I think personally that he is not there but he is one of the prominent players in the [Premier] League - which is one of the best in Europe.” 

“What Sterling didn’t have back then was calmness in his finishing but now he has that. Sometimes, with very fast players they want to rush their finish and that’s what he has improved,"

Sterling will be in action on Friday as England take on the Czech Republic in a EURO qualifier match, knowing a win will move them a step closer to qualification. 

The former Liverpool man will have a chance to add to his tally, as he is expected to lead the line alongside Harry Kane. 

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