Raheem Sterling completed a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Watford.
After the game, the Manchester City star has discussed the hurt caused by his portrayal as a flashy footballer, insisting that is “the complete opposite of who I am”.
“From the very start of my career, there has been a perception of a flashy kid from London: loves cars, loves the flashy lifestyle,” he told The New York Times .
“I’m not saying I’m a saint or anything, but that is the complete opposite of who I am.
“These people do not know me. They will define me by what they read about me; that is how they will treat me.
“When people are making the public believe you are a character you aren’t, that is hurtful, and it is degrading.”