Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling studies Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are proving to be an inspiration

Raheem Sterling have revealed watching Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is inspiring him to improve his game.

The Manchester City winger is on a high after scoring twice on his 21st birthday on Tuesday to guide his team to the top of their Champions League group in a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

City are now guaranteed to avoid Barcelona and Real Madrid in the knock-out stages, meaning Sterling will, for now, not go up against two of his biggest role models.ronaldo-messi-portugal_3386624

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John Doe is a senior editor at DW Focus, where he has covered international conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans since 1997. A native of South Africa, he now resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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