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Raheem Sterling Overtakes Lionel Messi to Become Pep Guardiola's Most Used Player During His Managerial Career

Jan 14, 2021, 9:58 AM GMT+5:30
Raheem Sterling, Pep Guardiola
Raheem Sterling has become the most used player by Pep Guardiola during his managerial career | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City winger cum striker, Raheem Sterling has overtaken Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi as the most used player by Pep Guardiola during his managerial career, with the England international breaking the mark during City's 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday.

This is an stunning feat considering that Guardiola has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world in the past like Barcelona and Bayern Munich where he has overseen legends like Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Robert Lewandowski, Philipp Lahm among numerous others.

Messi had been Guardiola's most used player during the Spaniard's managerial reign at the Nou Camp between 2008 to 2012, with the Argentinian playing 219 times under him. Sterling for his part made his 220th appearances under Guardiola after he was brought in for Phil Foden in the 82nd minute.

While the 26-year-old did not enjoy the best of nights personally after blazing over an injury-time penalty, there has been no doubt that Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad has been one of the main reasons why Sterling has become one of the best players in the league.

Sterling has improved by leaps and bounds under the Spaniard's tutelage, with his finishing in particular improving as seen by his numbers since Guardiola's arrival. The England international has now made 265 appearances for City and has scored 107 goals so far, playing a key role in all of City's success in recent times.