Renato Sanches breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal record

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Renato Sanches is a name we’ll be hearing an awful lot more in the future.

The 18-year-old completed a €35 million transfer from Benfica to Bayern Munich last week, signing a five-year deal with the German champions, and became the most expensive Portuguese player to leave the domestic league in the process.

And if that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday he broke a 12-year record set by Cristiano Ronaldo.


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At the age of 18 years and 10 months, the Lisbon-born midfielder became the youngest player to be called up by Portugal for a major international - per Goal - beating Ronaldo’s record set back in Euro 2004.

Cristiano, who was with Manchester United at the time, was called up at the age of 19 years and four months.

Of course, this is no guarantee that Sanches will achieve half the success of Ronaldo. If he does, he will have enjoyed a fine career indeed.

Ronaldo went close to winning his first Euros

Ronaldo went agonisingly close to winning the 2004 European Championships with hosts Portugal.

They reached the final but fell at the last hurdle; eventually beaten by Greece, who upset the odds to lift the trophy in Lisbon.

Portugal's Euro 2016 group

This time around, Portugal find themselves in a favourable group comprised of Iceland, Austria and Hungary.

The bookmakers currently make Fernando Santos’ side seventh favourites to win the tournament behind Italy, Belgium, England, Spain, Germany and hosts France.

Portugal have some talent in their squad

The onus will, once again, be on Ronaldo to inspire Portugal. However, the Real Madrid superstar is by no means the only talented player in the current squad.

As well as Sanches, who will be hoping to make an impact in France, there’s also the experienced Joao Moutinho, Valencia’s talented midfielder Andre Gomes and the exciting Joao Mario - not to mention Nani and the enigmatic Ricardo Quaresma.

All eyes will be on Ronaldo when Portugal take centre-stage next month, but hopes could be pinned firmly on Sanches’ shoulders at Euro 2020.

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