Liverpool’s Jamaican-born winger Raheem Sterling has won the prestigious Golden Boy award for 2014.
The Golden Boy is an award given by sports journalists to a player aged under 21 in Europe who has performed to the highest level.
Sterling, who turned 20 recently, was recognised for his superb form in helping Liverpool challenge for the English Premier League title last season.
Though nominally a winger, Sterling has transformed into a versatile forward who can perform anywhere across the attack.
This season he is currently Liverpool’s joint leading scorer in the Premier League along with Steven Gerrard with 3 goals.
In winning the award, he beat out the likes of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers and Lille striker Divock Origi who were also named on the 40-man short-list.
Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba was the winner for 2013, while Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Cesc Fabregas are amongst former winners.