Renato Sanches is the second Bundesliga player to receive the European Golden Boy award after Mario Götze (2011). - © gettyimages
Renato Sanches is the second Bundesliga player to receive the European Golden Boy award after Mario Götze (2011). - © gettyimages
Bundesliga

Bayern starlet Sanches wins Golden Boy award

FC Bayern München starlet Renato Sanches has been voted European Golden Boy for 2016.

The 19-year-old Portugal international beat Bayern teammate Kingsley Coman and Manchester United FC striker Marcus Rashford to the accolade, and will collect the trophy at a ceremony in Monte Carlo on Monday.

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The prestigious honour caps an incredible year for the midfield talent, who only made his professional debut in November 2015. The former SL Benfica hotshot signed a five-year deal with Bayern towards the the end of the 2015/16 campaign, before playing an integral role in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2016 triumph in France, where he was also voted Best Young Player of the Tournament.