Raheem Sterling took less than three minutes to score on his Manchester City debut in their International Champions Cup match against AS Roma this morning.
The £49m signing from Liverpool, as BBC Sport report, tripped on the ball with his first touch in a blue shirt, but soon showed why City made him the most expensive Englishman ever.
Sterling’s transfer fee eclipses the £35m that Liverpool paid Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll in January 2011, as Sky Sports report, but he has immediately made an impact for the Citizens.
The Three Lions star broke the offside trap to race onto a through ball from City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, and slip a shot under Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis, as can be seen below.
The 20-year-old had been accused of not being a natural finisher during his time at Anfield, where he scored 23 goals in 129 appearances and only seven in the Premier League last season.
He refused to sign a new contract with Liverpool due to a breakdown in his relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers, according to The Independent, and completed his move to City last week.
Roma levelled the match, which is being played at the famous MCG in Melbourne, only five minutes later as Croatian midfielder Miralem Pjanic found the top corner with an unstoppable 25-yard strike.
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