Raheem Sterling won England’s groundbreaking penalty in the semi-finals against Denmark on Wednesday night. But that’s not the only source of controversy to get fans talking. They also want to know about the gun tattoo on his leg.
Up until the summer of 2018 in the run-up to the World Cup finals in Russia, Sterling’s tattoos went largely unnoticed by the audience. Sterling posted a photo of him training on his Instagram and the rifle picture was on his right calf.
Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker blocked the horns over the said tattoo on Twitter back then, and this led to Sterling published a statement explaining the meaning.
The English footballer supposedly has 14 tattoos in total, so he’ll have to catch up if he ever wants to compete with Tom Hardy and his 30 tattoos.
« I made a promise to myself that I would never have one in my life Would touch gun.
« I shoot with my right foot, so it has a deeper meaning [and is] unfinished. »
Reports indicate that his father, who was then in his late twenties, was ambushed. There was deep rivalry between the gangs from Maverley and Waterhouse, where his father grew up.
Sterling’s mother, Nadine Clarke, was a competitive athlete on the Jamaican national athletics team and he attributes his successful football career to these genes.
Sterling moved to London with his older stepsister, Lakima, at the age of five. Her mother had already moved to England in search of a better life.
Sterling blames the negative press around his gun tattoo before the 2018 World Cup for his fall in the tournament.
« I was so ready for it. I thought ‘this is my time’, I had a great season with Man City, then bang, straight down negative. »
« I’ve had my tattoo for 10 months and just before I go to the World Cup, a story comes out that I have a gun on my foot. I’ve had this tattoo for 10 months, why now? » he added.
« I went [to the World Cup] this summer and thought about all the negative press I had. It was a disappointment for me personally, but at the same time it was a great experience for the team very well. »
Sterling will play against Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 finals on Sunday 11 July at Wembley Stadium, where he grew up when the family emigrated from Jamaica.
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