Raheem Sterling left Liverpool for Manchester City to become the best player he could be – not because of the money.
That is according to his former manager Liverpool Brendan Rodgers, who praised the England international.
Sterling caused a stir in Merseyside in 2015 when he put a pen on paper with the citizens after making a £ 49m bill.
He was one of the best players in Liverpool at the time, but Sterling saw the opportunity to win silver at the Etihad and prevailed.
Five years later, the striker won two Premier League trophies with Man City, and Rodgers suggested making the right decision in 2015.
“For Raheem, it was never about money. When it came to money, he could have stayed in Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“At that moment there was an opportunity to go Manchester City where they had top-class players. He went in there and developed and became a winner, which can now be clearly seen in his game.
“I look at Pep’s team and it’s not the same when he’s not there. What a testament for a young English player. What I loved about Raheem was that he knew what he wanted to be for a little boy.
“When I asked young players what they wanted to achieve, he wanted to be one of the best players in the world at this age. He was unique there because the British players sometimes don’t have that ambition.” But that was all he wanted to be. “