Renato Sanches FIFA status upgraded after receiving Golden Boy award

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Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches, who won the Golden Boy award earlier this week, has been given a new FIFA card on the mobile phone version of the football video game.

The Portuguese international midfielder beat Manchester United's homegrown prodigy Marcus Rashford to the highly-coveted accolade and, as a result, his character in the FIFA game has been upgraded.

Game makers EA Sports rewarded him with a new card containing a golden ball feature and +2 points in the strength department.

Sanches, of Amadora, Portugal started out life in football aged just eight-years-old with the youth academy at Portuguese 5. League side Águias da Musgueira in 2005.

He spent one year at the club before joining the academy at Portuguese giants Benfica in 2006.

Sanches' new FIFA card

Sanches' career so far

In 2014 the then 17-year-old joined up with the Benfica B team squad, where he made 34 appearances scoring three goals.

During the 2015/16 season Sanches played with the first team squad at Benfica, playing 24 matches and scoring twice before German footballing heavyweights Bayern Munich recruited his services in May of this year.

The former Benfica star was able to reward the club that nurtured his career from schoolboy age by landing them a gargantuan transfer fee.

Sanches signed a five-year contract with Bayern Munich and in doing so became the most expensive player ever to leave a Portuguese domestic league club.

The transfer fee was also the fourth highest sum ever to be paid by the Bavarian side.

In his international career Sanches has represented his country at Under-15 level right through to full international, making his first appearance for Portugal U15s in 2012.

To date, Sanches has been capped by Portugal 11 times - and in those 11 games he has netted once. 

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