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Renato Sanches
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Personal information
Full name Renato Júnior Luz Sanches
Date of birth 18 August 1997 (1997-08-18) (age 23)
Place of birth    Lisbon, Flag of Portugal Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of France Lille OSC
Number 18
Youth clubs
2005–2006
2006–2016
Flag of Portugal Águias da Musgueira
Flag of Portugal Benfica
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2014–2016
2015–2016
2016–2019
2017–2018
2019–
Flag of Portugal Benfica B
Flag of Portugal Benfica
Germany Bayern Munich
Flag of Wales → Swansea City (loan)
Flag of France Lille OSC
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024 00(2)
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012 00(0)
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National team
2013
2014–2015
2017
2016–
Flag of Portugal Portugal U17
Flag of Portugal Portugal U19
Flag of Portugal Portugal U21
Flag of Portugal Portugal
019 00(4)
012 00(3)
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018 00(1)
Renato Júnior Luz Sanches (born 18 August 1997) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for French club Lille OSC and the Portugal national team.

Born in Amadora, Sanches began his career at Benfica, he began playing for the club's reserve side making his professional debut for the first team in October 2015. In his first and only season for them, he helped Benfica winning the league title and the Taça da Liga, being awarded as the league's Breakthrough Player and the Golden Boy awards in the process.

Sanches' performances then attracted German side Bayern Munich signing him for an initial €35 million, the highest fee at the time for a Portuguese player leaving the domestic league. In the 2016–17 season, his first full season, Sanches' performances drastically fell, rarely playing for the club. He couldn't integrate with the team and also had to compete with more experienced players, leading him to be loaned to English side Swansea City in order to play regularly in a strong league, but his performances were the same and he also had to deal with injuries. Sanches returned to Bayern in July 2018. Despite playing more minutes and improving his performances under new manager Niko Kovač, Sanches couldn't make it in the first team and would play only fewer minutes for the club.

In 23 August 2019, Sanches was signed by French club Lille for a reported fee €25 million, becoming Lille's most expensive signing ever.

Sanches won 40 caps and scored 8 goals for Portugal at youth level. He made his full international debut in March 2016 and was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016 at age 18, making him the youngest Portuguese to play in an international tournament as well as the youngest player to win a UEFA Euro final. He scored one goal during the competition and won the Young Player of the Tournament as Portugal captured the title for the first time in their history. He was the recipient of the 2016 Golden Boy Award.

Honours

Club

Benfica

Bayern Munich

International

Portugal

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Lille OSC squad - 2020–21

1 Léo · 2 Çelik · 3 Djaló · 4 Gabriel · 5 Botman · 6 Fonte (c) · 7 Bamba · 8 Xeka · 9 David · 10 Ikoné · 11 Araújo · 12 Yazıcı · 15 Pizzuto · 16 Maignan · 17 Yılmaz · 18 Sanches · 19 Lihadji · 21 André · 22 Weah · 23 Ouattara · 24 Soumaré · 26 Pied · 27 Niasse · 28 Reinildo · 29 Bradarić · 30 Chevalier ·  Dabila ·  Show ·

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Portugal
Portugal – UEFA Euro 2016 – Winners

1. Patrício 2. B. Alves 3. Pepe 4. Fonte 5. Guerreiro 6. Carvalho 7. C. Ronaldo 8. Moutinho 9. Éder 10. J. Mário 11. Vieirinha 12. Lopes 13. Danilo 14. William 15. Gomes 16. Sanches 17. Nani 18. Rafa 19. Eliseu 20. Quaresma 21. Cédric 22. Eduardo 23. Adrien

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