Manchester City star Raheem Sterling says that he “can’t win” with certain publications who choose to vilify him.
Sterling has been subjected to questionable treatment by the media for some time, such as in the summer of 2016 when purchasing his mother a house became front page news in the country’s best-selling paper.
The winger admits that he sometimes does deserve censure – while conceding that he has “got that face” – but says that some stories leave him bewildered.
“I see it and think, ‘Why does that story have to be about me?’” he told The Guardian. “If you’re doing something wrong – the times I’ve been caught doing balloons, whatever, yeah, no problem. I accept if you’re a silly boy you get dealt with.
“But there’s these times when you’ve been thinking about football, been at home, just trying to stay out of everyone’s way, and you’re still getting stuff. I see it as I can’t win.
“I’ve got that face. You know when you see someone on TV and go, ‘I don’t like him?’ Some people have that face and I’ve got it.
“I can’t do anything about it. I’ve just got face: he looks like a brat. The ‘I don’t like face’. That’s how I see it. And I’m not a brat. Sometimes I’m watching a movie and you see a character and go, ‘I don’t like him’ – that’s me.
“There’s not even any point stressing. When I actually saw those stories I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, are you winding me up?’ I could not believe what I was seeing. I thought, ‘Has it really come to this? Like really?’”