Guardiola tells Sterling to ignore Ronaldo & Messi comparisons

Pep Guardiola is delighted with Raheem Sterling’s form but has urged the Manchester City attacker to ignore comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The England international has starred for club and country this season with eight goals and three assists in seven matches.

Sterling earned plenty of plaudits following his man of the match display against Kosovo on Tuesday, with former City and England winger Trevor Sinclair claiming he is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi.

Guardiola has played down the comparisons, however, believing that nobody can match the two players who have battled it out to be the world’s best for more than a decade.

“I’m so happy for him, for the way he’s playing here and national team, but hopefully he won’t read or listen to these kind of things,” Guardiola said at Friday’s news conference.

“Nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi.

“I don’t know if he’s the best in England. Since we’re together, not just now, he’s been incredible with his work ethic. He’s a nice guy. I’m delighted for him.”

Sterling has been responsible for five of City’s 14 goals in their opening four Premier League matches, the reigning champions collecting 10 points from their opening run of fixtures.

Liverpool are two points better off with a perfect return but Guardiola insisted it is too early to call it a two-horse race at the summit, especially with the games now coming thick and fast.

Speaking ahead of City’s trip to Norwich City on Saturday, Guardiola told reporters: “I’m not predicting. Every week there are incredible predictions – there’s a tendency for that but we’ve played four league games and that’s nothing.

“We start the real competition, we play Saturday, then travel, play Wednesday, land Thursday, Saturday we have Premier League and then we go to Preston to play in the EFL Cup.

“Of the next five games we’ve got four away, so many things can happen. We’ve had two terrible injuries with Leroy [Sane] and Aymeric [Laporte].

“It’s too early to say what is going to happen. Chelsea, United, Tottenham, Everton doing well, everything can happen, but it’s four games. In February or March we can say better. Now it’s just four games and it’s nothing.”

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56 Thoughts to “Guardiola tells Sterling to ignore Ronaldo & Messi comparisons”

  1. Akande Raphael Adeniyi

    Ronald and Messi are still the best player…

  2. ibyemi Kelly blessing

    Messi still the best I know

    1. Mustapha Tunde

      Guardiola tells sterling to snub the comparison between him Ronaldo and Messi

      1. Aishat Lawal

        Messi is still the best

    2. Reginald Elejere

      I love this wonderful advice but, he can not touch that balon’ d’re or something.

  3. Mukandas Sheriff Afolabi

    he cnt be compared to ronaldo!

  4. oladele Samuel

    he knows who the best is

  5. Adetunji Oluwaseun

    Sterling earned plenty of plaudits following his man of the match display against Kosovo on Tuesday, with former City and England winger Trevor Sinclair claiming he is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi.

  6. Godwin Oyetunde

    Yea…he should ignore

  7. Charles Christian

    Yeah,the comparison should surely be ignored

  8. Wahab Majeed

    he his a player of is own quality

  9. Adegunwa Adeola Victoria

    Good

  10. abiodun akindele Daniel

    Better Because it’s like comparing a lion with a dog

  11. Agu Arinze

    thank you for this wonderful news

  12. Izukanne Chimuanya

    Pep Guardiola

  13. Amajuoyi Godstime Onyedikachi

    Good

  14. Franklin Nneji Okere

    There’s nothing comparable with that, both of them are good.

  15. Mattew Emmanuel

    CR7 THE BEST… abeg, kindly watch him on YouTube match against Serbia

  16. Emmanuel Taiwo

    👍👍👍OK

  17. Theophilus Nwanga

    Messi always the best

  18. Emmanuel chinonyerem okereke

    Being your self is better than try to emulate others just to reach there rank

  19. Temitope Temmy

    That’s a good update here

  20. Damilola Samuel

    Its a nice and wonderful player

  21. Nurudeen Afeez

    He can still be compared to Ronaldo buh ignore Dat of messi✌️✌️✌️

  22. Iyanuoluwa Eniola

    Nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi

  23. Gloria Nwanga

    Nevermind Ronald and Messi remain the best

  24. Ihiegbule Henry

    Hope this boy listens

  25. Oremuyiwa Oladapo

    sterling plays good Football but i cant meet the standard of messi and ronaldo

  26. Nkiruka Umetali

    you’ve said it all

  27. Adamu Garba

    sterling plays good Football but i cant meet the standard of messi and ronaldo

  28. ORAZULUME CHINEMEREM

    Lol.. I reserve ma comment

  29. Nancy Christopher

    the striking sterling

  30. Chidera Obulu

    A very good player he’s trying

  31. Oluyemi Owolabi

    He is actually trying his best

  32. Joesmart Chukwu

    He’d be great soon come

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