For his services to racial equality in sport, England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The 26-year-old has consistently campaigned against racial injustice on and off the pitch.
In a statement, he said: “Receiving this honour is a fantastic feeling and a proud moment – not just for myself but for my family and friends. I am grateful to have been recognised but my priority is to try to help to educate society and myself. If it doesn’t start from within, then there’s no way you can help others. I’m learning every day.”