Barcelona legend Xavi considers Manchester City ahead Raheem Sterling can turn into the”best in the world” once Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stop dominating.
Sterling incorporating six already this term and has blossomed Pep Guardiola, scoring 25 goals last year.
The Spanish midfielder played alongside Messi in the Nou Camp and believes Sterling is on course to succeed the Argentinian because the world’s best footballer.
Xavi told The Mirror:”Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the best-player-in-the-world awards for so many decades now, it’s hard to remember a time before them.
“Messi is the best ever for me – and though they’re equally playing at a really high level – there will come the day long away if someone else needs to step into these shoes.
“You consider young players who are crowned the near future finest on earth and you still think of Neymar, Mbappe, Salah, and of course Sterling. I seem at the second – and Sterling is winning race.”
Sterling, 24, burst on the scene because a star for Liverpool prior to a first few years at City, but since Guardiola took control he’s started to match his potential.
“He’s always been a great player, a reckless player, but beneath Pep he’s come to be among the best in the world,” additional Xavi.
“I know how Pep works – he’d have worked closely with him because his birth – in which he wants to improve and what he needed to operate on.
“We are now seeing the outcomes of this – he’s still young and can function as world’s greatest.”