Raheem Sterling hailed as ‘inspiring role model’ by Danny Murphy after Football Writers’ Player of the Year award win


Raheem Sterling hailed as ‘inspiring role model’ by Danny Murphy after Football Writers’ Player of the Year award win

Danny Murphy has praised Raheem Sterling for his positive impact off the pitch after the Manchester City star was named Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Sterling won the prestigious award ahead of PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk – and received a staggering 62 per cent of the vote.

While the England forward has enjoyed a wonderful season, leading Man City’s title charge with 17 goals and ten assists, Sterling has also become the leading voice in English football’s fight against racism.

And Murphy believes the 24-year-old, who was also given the Integrity and Impact Award at the BT Sport Industry Awards, has blossomed into a figure of inspiration for young people.

Sterling with the Integrity and Impact Award at the BT Sport Industry Awards

The talkSPORT pundit said: “If you look at what he’s done in terms of raising awareness for the DKMS stem cell donors, the young lad at Palace [Damary Dawkins] when he paid for the funeral, supported the family, created awareness hugely for something that’s close to my heart as well.

“It’s things like that where he’s proactively making an impact on people and actually using his presence and influence.

“Sterling’s made mistakes, who hasn’t? You can still progress through adversity and sometimes that’s more inspirational than doing everything right all the time.