Raheem Sterling has been given Europe’s ‘Golden Boy’ award, following an outstanding year at Liverpool.
The 20-year-old has seen off competition from 39 other youngsters to win the award previously won by the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
Sterling was given the award that was first established in 2003, after almost helping Liverpool to their first Premier League title last season, scoring 10 goals over the course of the season.
The award, open to any players aged 21 and under, is voted for by journalists from 30 newspapers around the world.
“It’s down to hard work. I’m really happy that people are recognising that I’m trying to work hard and do my best for this football club. I’m really grateful for this award,” he said.
“There’s always room for improvement. At this moment in time, I should have a few more goals, but I’ve not taken some of my chances.
“I’m young and learning all the time. This award just shows that hard work gets you where you want to be, and that I’m on the right track for where I want to be in my career.”
Sterling pipped five Premier League players to the award, as well as Reds summer signings Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was given the award during his time at Manchester City in 2010.