Portugal’s Sanches breaks Ronaldo’s national call-up record

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Lisbon, May 18 (IANS) Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches has broken the record of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo as the youngest player to be called up for the Portugal football team to participate in an official competition.

As Euro 2016 approaches, Renato, who recently joined Bayern Munich, will be 18 years and ten months old, compared to Cristiano’s age when he was first called up for the Euro in 2004, when he was 19 years and four months old, reports Efe.

Renato Sanches became the big surprise of this year’s Portuguese Primeira Liga season with Benfica, who retained the title for the third consecutive year.

His dazzling performance caught the attention of big clubs in Europe and Benfica agreed on his move to Bayern Munich for 35 million euros ($39.4 million) plus 45 million euros ($50.7 million) in variables.

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