The Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer has seen the panache of the Spanish game and the graceful nature of French football.

However, one of the most outstanding players of this famed youth tournament so far is Portugal's Bruma, his mesmerisingly quick feet, imposing stature, graceful strides with the ball and his instantaneous flashes of ingenuity have captured the fans' imagination. 

Coming from a humble background, Armindo Tue Na Bangna  was born on the 24 October 1994 in Bissau, the capital city of West African nation Guinea-Bissau. 

The forward was brought to Sporting Lisbon's renowned academy by agent Catio Balde's football school in 2007 and in 2010 where he realised his dream by signing his first professional contract with the Sportinguistas Leoes.  

In the youth ranks his goalscoring ability was unmatched and he scored more than 80 goals throughout different youth levels. 

With such exceptional form at youth level he was promoted to Sporting's B side and he made his debut on the 11 August 2012 in an opening day Segunda Liga match against Oliveirense, occupying his natural position on the left.

In February 2013, after making 25 appearances for the B side - first team manager Jesualdo Ferreira promoted the 18-year-old to the senior set up. 

The youngster was thrusted into the side when they where experiencing turbulence on all fronts with no continuity managerially, bad performances persisting and the club experiencing financial difficulties.

Throughout these unfavourable circumstances Bruma made 13 appearances for Sporting scoring once and recording four assists. 

In June 2013 the player decided to part ways with Israeli super agent Pini Zahavi and reaffirmed his desire to remain with Sporting in spite of interest from Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

"I have split from my agent [Zahavi]," Bruma told the Record.

"This is because I was not happy with negotiations over my future.

"Sporting Lisbon is the club I love and I would like to discuss a new deal with the president.

"Personally, I am happy at Sporting." 

If the young winger can carry the phenomenal form he has shown for the under-20s this summer into next season then he could place himself in contention for a spot in Paulo Bento's World Cup squad next year as Nani's inconsistency continuing. 

 

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