Rio Ferdinand says Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in the world after Man City masterclass

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Raheem Sterling was the star of the show for Manchester City on Tuesday night. 

The winger provided scored an 11-minute hat-trick and provided an assist for his side in their Champions League fixture against Atalanta. 

Pep Guardiola's side ran out 5-1 winners and Sterling was actually involved in all of the goals, having won a penalty that Sergio Aguero put away. 

So to say it was a great night for the Englishman is a bit of an understatement. 

But we're getting more and more used to seeing performances like these from him.

This season the forward already has 12 goals and four assists in 13 games in all competitions, which is quite incredible. 

Given how well he's been playing for so long, it's time to start putting Sterling in the 'best players in the world' conversation - and that's exactly what Rio Ferdinand did on Tuesday.

Speaking after the game, he claimed that the City star is one of the top five footballers on the planet. 

Sterling was the star again

"We're running out of great words we can say for him," Ferdinand said on BT Sport. 

"He's in the top five players in the world now, definitely. I don't care who you want to mention. He's got to be in that conversation. 

"The amount of goals he's getting, the effect he's having on games, it's impossible to keep him out."

BT Sport pundits praised Sterling's performance

Very high praise indeed. Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves also weighed in on Sterling, praising his consistency. 

"I'm impressed with how he's never injured. His consistency is outstanding. That's the difference between good and great players," the former Bayern Munich player said. 

"It's remarkable for his age, how much he plays and how consistent his numbers are now and he's only getting better each season." 

It's hard to argue with Ferdinand and Hargreaves, especially after another fine performance from Sterling. Top five in the world right now might even be an understatement. 

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