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Renato Sanches Wins 2016 Golden Boy Award Because He’s The Man This Planet Needs

Nineteen-year-old European champion Renato Sanches has been awarded the Golden Boy award after a brilliant summer for Portugal.

Dubbed the "Teenage Terminator", 19-year-old Renato Sanches is a savage. The youngest player to ever win the European Championships and the Euro 2016 Young Player of the Tournament, Sanches’ 2015-16 began with the Benfica B squad but ended with a transfer to Bayern Munich that could end up costing the Bavarian side as much as €80 million.

Sanches added another accolade to his growing trophy cabinet on Monday, winning the 2016 Golden Boy award ahead of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Munich teammate Kingsley Coman.

Sanches’ performances at Euro 2016 are now the stuff of legend. Here’s the combative midfielder single-handedly lifting Portugal over Poland in the quarterfinals:

And here he is scoring a howitzer for Benfica, something we will be seeing for many years to come in a Bayern shirt:

Just keep doing what you’re doing man, keep striving. You’re the man for us. You’re a boy, but you’re a man, bro. We love you, Renato. 

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