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Guardiola urges Sterling not to listen to Ronaldo/Messi comparisons

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Raheem Sterling not to listen to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Last season’s Football Writer’s Footballer of the Year has begun the new season in scintillating form, scoring five goals in four Premier League fixtures before starring for England during the recent Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Sterling’s form has seen him compared to all-time greats and global superstars Ronaldo and Messi by sections of the media, though Guardiola is keen to play down such remarks.

The Manchester City boss admits he is delighted with Sterling’s recent performances but has urged the 24-year-old not to listen to such lofty praise, though he praised the winger’s work ethic as he continues to develop into one of Europe’s finest attacking players.

“I am so happy for him for the way he is playing,” Guardiola told the media at his pre-match press conference.

“Hopefully he will not listen to these kind of things, it will be good for him. Nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi.

“Everything that has happened to him is good because he has an incredible work ethic and is an incredibly nice guy. I am delighted.”

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