England’s midfielder Raheem Shaquille Sterling writes a chilling personal story as he tries to set the records straight after being unfairly attacked by the media after he treats himself to a spa after being awarded.
Raheem who was born 8 December 1994 came to England with the mother from Jamaica at the age of 5 and began his career at Queens Park Rangersbefore signing for Liverpool in 2010. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player.
Despite Sterling’s successful records, British media has continued to taunt the highly talented player. Taking to the Player’s Tribune, Raheem in his own words decides to put the records straight and his stories is breaking the hearts as people begin to see the true human behind the jersey number 7. But before you dive in, do get a piece or two tissue papers.
Responding to some of the hurtful tabloids on him, Sterling writes, “You know, it’s sad that I even have to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway.
There’s a perception in certain parts of the media that I love ‘bling’. I love to show off. I really don’t understand where that comes from. Especially when I bought my mum a house, it was unbelieveable what some people were writing. I think it’s really sad that people do that. They hate what they don’teven know” he said.
Continuing he tells the media if they really want to write about hus mum’s bathroom in her house then they should at least get the facts right. He wrote, “all I have to tell you is that 15 years ago, we were cleaning toilets in Stonebridge and getting breakfast out of the vending machine. If anyone deserves to be happy, it’s my mum.” He concludes.
The highly sought after midfielder didn’tstop there, he recalls how his mum arrived to England with nothing and turning her and her children’s life around to what theybhave become today. “My mum came to this country with nothing and put herself through school cleaning bathrooms and changing bed sheets, and now she’s the director of a nursing home. And her son plays for England.”
He drops some wise words. “If you grew up the same way I grew up, don’t listen to what certain tabloids want to tell you. They just want to pull you down.”
Recalling his journey with the mother and sister as the struggle to find their place in England, “When I was two years old, my father was murdered. That shaped my entire life.” He wrote.
“Three buses” he wrote. “The 18 to the 182 to the 140. The red double-deckers with the blue wool ’80s’ vibe on the seats. Spent ages on those. We’d leave at 3.15 and get home at 11p.m. Every. Single. Day. She’d sit upstairs in the little cafe and chill until I was done with training. Imagine being 17 years old and doing that for your little brother. And I never once heard her say, ‘Nah, I don’t wanna take him.”
At the time, I didn’t understand how much she was sacrificing. Her and my mum got me here, my whole family played a massive part in my life. Without them you wouldn’teven know me. ”
Sterling represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-21 level before being capped at full level by the national team in November 2012, and performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He received the Golden Boy award for 2014 from a pan-European panel of sports journalists, recognising him as the best under-21 player playing in Europe. A 2015 professional study by Soccerex ranked him as the most valuable young player in Europe, with a value of €49 million.