Footballers do more than just play football, and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is one of the players who has revealed his favourite reading material in support of the Premier League’s ‘Reading Stars’ campaign.
The initiative is to encourage children to read more books through the inspiration of their heroes, something that can only be a good thing.
It seems strange to me that children – and adults for that matter – do not read more. Of course plenty do, but a huge number do not, opting instead for alternative means of entertainment.
Having previously spent eight years working in education, it is remarkable the number of young people I have met who see reading as little more than a chore, which is a terrible shame considering the vast amount of enjoyment I have had, and continue to have, by indulging in literature.
So I can only commend the likes of Sterling for revealing the books they have enjoyed in an attempt to stoke the same fire in their young fans.
As revealed by Liverpool’s official website, Sterling’s favourite children’s book is Holes by Louis Sachar, while his choice of adult book was the autobiography of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker has split opinion down the years, but few can deny his outstanding footballing ability and his terrifying form since arriving in the French capital. This season alone he has scored an outstanding 40 club goals in all competitions.
Liverpool’s domestic rivals Chelsea will soon come up against the Swedish international in the Champions League, but it appears at least one player has enjoyed the striker’s work off the pitch as much as his efforts on it.
So now you have finished reading this, go and pick up a book!