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Raheem Sterling's City career in numbers

Raheem Sterling’s time at Manchester City has come to an end after the 27-year-old completed a permanent move to Chelsea.

The winger departs after a hugely successful seven seasons at the Etihad Stadium, having played a key role in what has proved to be a golden period in the Club’s history.  

Here, we take a numerical look back at Sterling’s time in sky blue, with the stats and facts that tell the story of his memorable and trophy-laden City career.  


The number of appearances Sterling made since he arrived at the Club in the summer of 2015, 276 of which were starts.  

He is currently 29th on City’s all-time list, sandwiched between David White (342) and Pablo Zabaleta (333).  


The England international has lifted every available domestic honour during his seven years at the Etihad, which includes four Premier League titles, five League Cups, one FA Cup and one Community Shield.  

That’s 11 trophies in total and he has made a telling contribution to our success.  

Sterling scored 23 and 25 goals in our respective 2017/18 and 2018/19 league triumphs, whilst he also converted the winning penalty in our shootout victory over Chelsea in the 2019 Carabao Cup final.  


The number of honours Sterling has received from Her Majesty the Queen. 

He was recognised with an MBE for his services to Racial Equality in Sport in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours list. 


Sterling has been a pivotal figure under Pep Guardiola and his impact on the team’s achievements has seen him receive several individual honours.  

2018/19 proved to be a particularly successful season for the forward, who was directly involved in 46 goals in club competitions – more than any other player in the Premier League.  

He was recognised with PFA Young Player of the Year, inclusion in PFA Team of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. 

In the same campaign he was selected in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season for the second consecutive year to complete his total of five individual prizes whilst at City.  


Sterling hit double figures in every campaign at the Etihad, exceeding 20 goals in three consecutive seasons between 2017 and 2020. 

His total tally of 131 leaves him 10th on City’s all-time top scorer’s list, just one behind Billy Gillespie and Fred Tilson.  

The forward entered the top 10 with his 127th strike in February 2022 when he netted a superb curling effort against Sporting. 

His best goalscoring season came in 2019/20 when he was on target 31 times in all competitions and his overall tally of 131 is second only to record goalscorer Sergio Aguero (153) in the same period. 


Sterling has been Guardiola’s most used player during the Catalan’s time in charge at the Etihad. 

He has made 292 appearances for the City boss, 26 more than second-placed Kevin De Bruyne (266). 

The forward ranks second for goals scored under Guardiola, with his tally of 120 four fewer than Aguero.  


Sterling has scored hat-tricks on six occasions for City.  

His first treble came against Bournemouth in October 2015 in only his 11th game for the Club and he went on to repeat the trick in memorable showings against Watford, West Ham, Atalanta, Brighton and, most recently, Norwich.  


Sterling played 240 games alongside Fernandinho, which is more than he managed with any other player during his City career.