Raheem Sterling has improved under Pep Guardiola and compares to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Manchester City legend Joleon Lescott.

The 25-year-old has become an integral part of the Cityzens since he made a big move move from Liverpool. This season, he has scored 14goals in 29 appearances in the premier league with three assists.

Lescott is adamant that his former England teammate is a top player and above his peers – only behind Messi and Ronaldo.

“Raheem has taken himself to the top tier now,” Lescott told the club’s ‘We’re not Really Here’ matchday show. “He has to be regarded as one of the top wide players or forwards in the game because he contributes.messi n ron

“He has the ability to play well and win man of the match and not score and then on other occasions he just scores and impacts the game that way.

“I think you have to be pretty naïve to not respect what he’s doing. There are players like Messi and Ronaldo that are scoring 50 goals a season. They are super freaks! In terms of the next tier, Raheem has to be compared to those kinds of players.”

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