Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling was on Friday named in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list in recognition of his work to promote racial equality in sport.
The 26-year-old, that has been heavily engaged in anti-racism and anti-discrimination campaigns, was made an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Sterling, a Premier League and League Cup winner with City this season, has been subjected to racial slurs in stadiums and online throughout his career.
In 2019, he participate in an anti-racism campaign, No Room For Racism, also spoke out last year as the Black Lives Issue movement gained traction following the murder of George Floyd at the USA.
Almost annually, or 262 individuals, on the key honours list, which rewards individuals' bravery, achievement or service in their fields, have been recommended for coronavirus -related pursuits.
Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson received an MBE for services to football and charity, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson received a CBE in recognition of his long and distinguished career in football.
The 73-year-old stepped down as Crystal Palace boss in the end of the season and is very likely to retire from management.