The home side were gifted an opener against Real Madrid, with the scorer reaching
Sterling opened the scoring nine minutes into Friday’s last-16 second leg, finishing in composed fashion after Gabriel Jesus pounced on Raphael Varane’s mistake.
It put City 3-1 up on aggregate and took Sterling to a century of goals for the club.
The 25-year-old is the 17th player to achieve the feat for City, though he is the first Englishman to reach triple figures since Dennis Tueart in 1981.
100 – Raheem Sterling has scored his 100th goal in all competitions for Manchester City, becoming the first Englishman to reach three figures for the club since Dennis Tueart in 1981. Books. #UCL pic.twitter.com/BLjWjXmlyk
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 7, 2020
It took Sterling 242 matches to reach the milestone, while the England star has also notched 74 assists during those games.
Sterling, who went close to a second moments after his opener before Karim Benzema equalised, is also the sixth English player to score at least 20 Champions League goals – following Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Harry Kane.
Only Rooney – aged 24 years and 157 days – reached the total at a younger age than the City forward.
Sterling has been in strong goalscoring form again in 2019-20, and recently surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo on the Premier League’s all-time scoring list when he notched his 85th career goal.
Overall, Sterling scored 20 times in the Premier League in 2019-20, setting a new career high in the competition after scoring 17 the previous year and 18 the season before that.
His exploits, however, weren’t enough to earn Man City a third straight Premier League title, as Guardiola’s men finished in second place, 18 points behind runaway champions Liverpool.
Sterling continued to be a champion for important causes off the pitch as well, which greatly impressed his manager.
“I think Raheem and many, many of our players, a lot of people are trying to make a better world,” Guardiola said.
“It’s difficult, in the world we’re living, but I’m proud. I’m really proud of what he is doing and he knows, as a club, myself as a person, we support him 100 per cent.”