I want a shirt on Messi’s back

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Retrieved 25 April 2020, 03:18 IST

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Lionel Messi throws the badge at his Barcelona shirt

Rahim Sterling has admitted that he wants to get his hands on one of Lionel Messi’s shirts, even if he doesn’t rush to put it on his wall.

Manchester City forward Sterling is making a collection after switching kits with star opponents following big games, but he has kept them locked.

The 25-year-old England international says he is looking forward to the end of his career before assembling his silver medal and collecting his shirt.

Sterling City team-mate David Silver wants to make sure the “couple” decorates the walls of his home in Jamaica with a shirt.

“I’m a shirt collector but I still don’t put any shirts on my wall,” Sterling told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I don’t like people coming to my house and I know I’m a football player. I want to keep my family at home.

“But of course when I finish football and settle down somewhere I have all the shirts – hopefully a lot of shirts to choose from – and I make a room for trophies and football shirts with my favorite choices.”

“I really just want it and it’s a Messi shirt – I got a Neymar shirt when we played for Barcelona, ​​I think that’s the first shirt I wanted.”

Why does Silla mean so much to him?

He said Silva, who is currently leaving City at the end of the interrupted 2019-20 season, has helped him “be humble” as a player.

Respecting the experienced Spanish playmaker, Sterling said learning from Silver encouraged him to “maintain that humility about himself and lead himself in a decent way.”