A Manchester United legend has insisted that Manchester City star Raheem Sterling does not get the credit he deserves because he is black.
Six-time Premier League winner Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on former Liverpool attacker Sterling, who grabbed a goal and an assist in his side's 7-0 thumping of Schalke in the UEFA Champions League this week.
According to Ferdinand, the Citizens star should be regarded as one of the finest players on the continent, but "he's judged on the colour of his skin" instead.
"I think he (Sterling) has alluded to it, that he's judged maybe on the colour of his skin sometimes as well," he told BT Sport
"I don’t think that's too far from the truth.
"If Harry Kane's doing what he's doing, they're talking about Harry Kane as the European Player of the Year.
"No slight on Harry Kane, it's nothing to do with him. That's the way Raheem's judged sometimes.
"Not only on the pitch is he maturing, off the pitch, how he's carrying himself and conducting himself is a testament to him and I think other young players of all cultures can take a note from what he's doing."
Sterling has amassed 39 appearances across all competitions for City so far this season, finding the back of the net on 19 occasions, and being on hand to register a further 16 assists.
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