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Renato Sanches, the Portuguese footballer, is a midfielder for Swansea City, who is playing in the English Premier League team on a loan from Bayern Munich. His career was started at Benfica, making his professional debut in 2014, after which he moved to Bayern Munich.
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Sanches’ international career began in 2016 and at the age of 18, he became the youngest Portuguese to play in a global football tournament, and win a Euro Final after Euro 2016 in France.
Renato Sanches’s love for football was realized at an early age. He joined Águias da Musgueira in 2005 for training. He was only eight years old at that time.
In 2006, Sanchez joined the youth system of S.L. Benfica, at the age of 9 in exchange for €750 and 25 soccer balls. He convinced the team to hire him after his training for 15 minutes. However, he had initial reservations regarding his daily trips to the academy in Seixal. However, he continued there, and in 2014-15, he made his professional debut with the B-team of Benfica. He spent a year in the reserve team, and then in 2015-16, he joined the first team, at first only in training. With his goals and penalties till October 2015, he managed to impress the club authorities, who made him sign a contract till 2021, the release clause being valued at €45million. He appeared in 24 matches between 2015 and 2016, and scored 2 goals. His team honours at Benfica are:
Renato joined Bayern Munich in 2016, after being hunted extensively by Manchester United. He signed a deal of five years with the German club for €35million, with another €45million based on objectives. He is thus the most expensive footballer of Portugal to leave domestic league, and the first to become part of the Bavarian club. Post his recovery from a thigh injury, he appeared for his team, and despite hs errors, both, the captain Phillip Lahm as well as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer realized he is an amazing player, and a future asset to the team.
The same year he won the Golden Boy award as the best European footballer under 21 years of age – the first ever Portuguese soccer player to gain it. Unfortunately, Sanches failed to score any goal or make an assist. Former Bayern footballer Lothar Matthäus called him one of the three worst players during the season, and Sanches himself admitted to being disappointed by his performances. But Carlo Ancelotti, the club manager, mentioned that he was still wanted at the club in the following season. He appeared in 17 matches for the team, during which, the team’s achievements were:
In 2017, Sanches became part of Swansea City of the Premier League on a loan of one year from Bayern. He will be part of the team till June 2018. His debut was at the Liberty Stadium. Dafydd Pritchard, the BBC Sport reporter, described his performance as a “mixed beginning” because of the passing mistakes. In November 2017, Sanches was subbed at half time in a match against Chelsea, after his pass went into the ad boards along the side of the ground. He has so far appeared in 12 matches for Swansea City.
Renato Sanches has been associated with the Portugal soccer team since 2012, being part of the junior teams, before he joined the senior team in 2016. He was part of team Portugal that played in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2014, and helped the team in reaching till the semi-finals. In 2016, he was included in the senior team by Fernando Santos. After playing in friendlies, he represented the team in Euro 2016, and became the youngest Portuguese player to get selected to part of a global competition. He soon became the youngest footballer to score a goal in a knockout match at a European Championship. He was given the Young Player of the Tournament Award at the end of the tournament. Sanches joined the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2017. He has appeared in 13 matches for the senior team of Portugal and scored 1 goal, during which, Portugal won the UEFA European Championship: 2016
Sanches was born in Lisbon Metropolitan Area. His grandmother nicknamed him Bulo. He had to grow up n an impoverished neighbourhood of Musgueira in Lisbon. Sanches’ birth could not be registered in time because of the split between his parents, and his father’s move to France for work, and it was done only after Renato’s father returned in 2002. He was baptized by his parents, and was registered in 2002 with the birth date of 18 August 1997. As a result of this gap in the registration of his birthday, there have been many questions raised about his age. Sanchez was only eight years old when he started his training at Águias da Musgueira.
Renato’s father, also named Renato Sanches, is from São Tomé and Príncipe, while his mother, named Maria das Dores, is from Cape Verde. A few months after his birth, Renato’s parents had to go through a separation. After that, His father had to shift to France, and worked there till 2002, after which he returned.
Renato Sanches prefers to keep his personal life under the wraps. He avoids revealing his romantic pursuits from the eyes of the media, probably because he is more interested in showcasing his work and skills, and wants to avoid being highlighted for romance. However, it is speculated that he is in a secret relationship. Though the identity of his girlfriend has not come to light, it is believed that Renato Sanches and his girlfriend have a child of three years, named Jaysson.
As of 2018, the net worth of Renato Sanches is believed to be €10 million. When he joined Bayern Munich, his deal was worth a total of €80 million, including the transfer money of €35million and an additional €45million for other objectives. His salary is not revealed.
The young player has raw talent, and he is still in the middle of finding his way in the world of international and club soccer. He has already earned himself a number of individual awards, such as: