The argument of what constitutes a bigger club has divided football fans across the world for decades. Is it trophies? is it support? is it stadium size?
Raheem Sterling's recent £44 million move from Liverpool to Manchester City has rekindled this debate. His decision to leave one of the most successful clubs in the world for an emerging force in world football caused quite the stir on social media.
The England international's debut for his new club came at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a stadium that holds over 95,000 fans, against AS Roma.
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The game itself proved to be quite entertaining. Sterling opened the scoring three minutes into his first appearance with the game finishing 2-2. Joe Hart then stole the show in the shoot-out with a top draw penalty before some funny mind games, as City won 5-4.
However, none of that caused too much fuss. Pre-season friendlies very rarely get the blood racing. What did provide a reaction was the high amount of empty seats inside the stadium. The official attendance recorded was 41,134.
The sea of white chairs was plain to see for fans people watching the game and that cued delight from Liverpool fans, who fondly recalled their sides sell out of the MCG in 2013, against Melbourne Victory.
Fans took to twitter to compare the two games with many questioning Manchester City's status as a 'big club' and reminding us, that regardless of Liverpool's league position they still have a quite unbelievable fan base.
Although, City fans may be able to overlook the jibes from supporters of other clubs, if they are able to secure a third Premier League title in five years.
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