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Renato Sanches completed his transformation from Premier League flop to returning hero for Bayern Munich by scoring for the Bundesliga champions in their opening game of the Champions League Group Stages.
Only a couple of years ago Renato Sanches was one of the most highly regarded youngsters in world football. Manchester United were big fans of the Portugal midfielder and went to watch him on what felt like 70 occasions, as reports of them scouting him came in every week.
In the end he moved to Bayern Munich for an initial €35 million before heading to the Euros where he impressed in France as his country surprised everyone by winning it.
His first season in Germany was inconsistent and in the second season he went on loan to Swansea. His time in the Premier League wasn't kind to him though and as the Welsh side struggled so did he.
Sanches was often mocked and as things got critical for the Swans the 21 year old found himself out of the team as they headed towards relegation. After they dropped into the Championship Sanches went back to Bayern.
In his first appearance of the season he completed his comeback, after a good summer on the club's pre season tour, by rounding off an excellent team goal with a goal, against his former side:
Amazing Robben flick :heart_eyes:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018
Powerful box-to-box charge :muscle:
Perfectly timed run :soccer:
An outstanding Bayern team goal!
Months after a disastrous loan at Swansea ended in relegation, Renato Sanches is back on the biggest stage :punch: pic.twitter.com/uqjdm9Ymox
Bayern, who haven't won the Champions League since beating Borussia Dortmund in 2013 at Wembley, opened their campaign this season with a 2-0 win over Benfica thanks to Robert Lewandowski and Sanches.
It's just under a year ago that the former Benfica man was shocking in a match against Chelsea where he embarrassingly passed the ball to an advertising hoarding.
It's an absolutely incredible comeback for Sanches going from a player who looked completely lost at Swansea to being a Champions League hero for one of the favourites for the title.
It's hard not to feel happy for him.
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